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Post-War Development

HN Online Guide

The post-World War II housing boom resulted in the rapid construction of low-density developments built on the periphery of pre-war suburban neighborhoods. Unlike the pre-war “streetcar suburbs” that were connected to urban centers by transit, these new neighborhoods were designed with widespread auto ownership in mind. As neighborhoods become less dense and expanded outward, traveling by car became the norm. Transportation investments favored auto travel over the needs of pedestrians, bicyclists and transit riders.5

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