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Urban History and City Building in Texas

by: Taylor Gipson

Urban History and City Building in Texas 3351

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DFW Metroplex, Week 3 Notes
DFW Metroplex
Robert Fairbanks
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DFW, dallas, FtWorth, Metroplex, history
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Date Created: 09/14/16
HIST 3351 DFW Urban History and City Building in Texas  Cities and City Builders o Definitions and purposes  What is a Metroplex?  Invented by an advertising firm after the DFW Airport was built.  What is a city?  A center of population, commerce and culture; often of significant size and importance. Non- agricultural. Economics tied into the growth of the city.  Urban forms and functions  Political unit, social unit, commercial unit?  Tool for control, conquest and settlement, trade and protective functions.  Spanish Cites in Texas  San Antonio (1573) o Supply center for East Texas. o Military, Presidio o By 1772, provincial capital and technical municipality of the region.  Law of the Indes o Planning document in regards to development of citths.  City Building and City Systems in the 19 Century o Two Major National Movements:  City Building MANIA  Americans speculating in land, finding good sites, developing a city and own the land. Sell the real estate and make serious money.  Throughout the Mid-West o Trans-continental railroads. o Dallas settled by a well-known city planner, John Neely Bryan, in 1841. o Houston settled by 2 New York investors.  Western Movement  Southerners, after Civil War, moved to Texas to settle and restart. o DFW and Fourth Wave of Urban Development  Seaboard  New York, Pennsylvania, etc.  Ohio River Valley  Great Lake Area (1850-80) HIST 3351 DFW  Emergence of Industrialization  Texas and the Great Plains  Why do some cities grow? o What do cities need to grow?  Dallas and Houston fought and bribed for the railroads to come through the town. San Antonio had military stability and constant trade with Mexico so they didn’t really want much more. o The Keys (3 L’s)  Luck  Panic of 1873 in Dallas o Westward railroad was stopped in Dallas because the firm behind the investment was shut down.  Location o Understanding the distribution of cities Christaller’s Central Place Theory  Cities grow by providing more services to a larger area than any other city. Bigger the territory to dominate then the cities will become powerful b/c they provide more services to more people.  Dallas and Ft. Worth compete to become the “grand” city of North Texas.  Ft. Worth= cattle and West Texas  Dallas= cotton and grain  Not a bunch of overlap to conquer, 2 different ideologies. o Cities and the Gulf Coast  Turner thesis  Metropolitan thesis as a corrective  Cities and the Gulf Coast o Early Urban Growth: The timing and pattern of urbanization in Texas o Reasons why?


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