The Metropolitan Frontier: Cities in the Modern American West
When the American West represented the country's frontier, many of its cities may have seemed little more than trading centers to serve the outlying populace. Now the nation's most open and empty region is also its most heavily urbanized, with 80 percent of Westerners living in its metropolitan areas. The process of urbanization that had already transformed the United States from a rural to an urban society between 1815 and 1930 has continued most clearly and completely in the modern West, where growth since 1940—spurred by mobilization for World War II—has constituted a distinct era in which Western cities have become national and even international pacesetters. The Metropolitan Frontier places this last half-century of Western history in its urban context, making it the first comprehensive overview of urban growth in the region. Integrating the urban experience of all nineteen Western states, Carl Abbott ranges for evidence from Honolulu to Houston and from Fargo to Fairbanks to show how Western cities organize the region's vast spaces and connect them to the even larger sphere of the world economy. His survey moves from economic change to social and political response, examining the initial boom of the 1940s, the process of change in the following decades, and the ultimate impact of Western cities on their environments, on the Western regional character, and on national identity. Today, a steadily decreasing number of Western workers are engaged in rural industries, but Western cities continue to grow. As ecological and social crises begin to affect those cities, Abbott's study will prove required reading for historians, geographers, sociologists, urban planners, and all citizens concerned with America's future.
What people are saying - Write a review
We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.
War and the Westward Tilt 19401950
Wartime migration to San Francisco
The Politics of Growth
The Lovejoy Fountain in Portland
From Regional Cities to National Cities 19501990
Gateways to the World
Housing the Western middle class
Cities and Country
Cities and Nation
The railroad city of Billings
African-American Albuquerque American West Angeles Arizona Austin base Bay Area Berkeley boom buildings built California central city council city's coalition Coast Colorado corporate cultural Dallas decade defense Denver district downtown economic El Paso elections ethnic expanded facilities federal Fort Worth freeway frontier growth Hispanic Honolulu housing Houston immigrants industry labor land Las Vegas Los Angeles mayor ment metropolis metropolitan areas Mexican Mexico migration military million neighborhoods neoprogressive networks North Oakland Oklahoma City Orange County Pacific Park Paso percent Phoenix planning political population Portland postwar Rajneeshpuram regional residents Rocky Mountain Salt Lake City San Antonio San Diego San Francisco San Jose Santa Seattle shipyards Silicon social South southern Southwest suburban suburbs Sunbelt Texas tion towns twentieth century United University Press urban Valley Vanport Vegas voters wartime Washington Western cities women workers World World War II York