That leaves the inner suburbs, which I believe has the most troubled future of the three areas of the city. We're talking about regions created between the end of WWII and the 1970s here. The central business district was largely abandoned after the center was destroyed in a fire in 1902. The city decided not to rebuild it and instead spread government offices and shops throughout the central corridor. This made economic sense at the time because there were no good transportation options outside of walking or riding a bus, but today it's seen as a mistake. There were also no good transportation options within the center, so people started moving away from it into adjacent neighborhoods where they could find work.
The outer suburbs were developed after the center was rebuilt following the fire. These are places like River Oaks and Deer Park, which used to be rural farms but now contain large luxury homes. They're separated from the center by highways and rail lines, so people moved out there and bought up all the land they could get their hands on.
Finally, there are the inner suburbs, which include neighborhoods like University Park that used to be rural villages but now contain large universities with their own shopping centers and restaurants. They're surrounded by farmland and wooded areas, so people moved in and bought up all the houses they could get their hands on.
Suburbs are a wholly American invention. Back in the late 1930s, when America had recovered from the worst effects of the Great Depression, most people felt that major cities, which were beset by congestion, poverty, industrial pollution, and blight, needed to be dramatically remodelled. The new model city should be clean, safe, modern, and convenient, with wide open spaces for recreational activities. Suburbs were exactly what we needed then, and they have become even more important today.
Suburbs are unique because they combine urban amenities with suburban lifestyle. They offer the benefits of a big city while still allowing you to own your own house or apartment. You can shop at large malls, eat in fancy restaurants, go to concerts, and do many other things that take place in urban centers but live in the quietness of the countryside. This combination is what makes suburbs special and allows them to thrive in a country like America that is known for its love of freedom and the right to own property.
Suburbs are also unique because they are increasingly popular all over the world. Even in Europe where you would expect people to prefer living in small towns with good schools and easy access to hospitals, subways, and shops, people instead prefer living in large houses in green areas with lots of space for cars.
Why did suburbia expand in the United States after World War II? Americans abandoned urban residences owing to a scarcity of housing in cities caused by residual war damage. Suburban homes were easier to maintain and had more space for families to move around in. The increased freedom of movement also meant children could walk or bike to school without being kidnapped.
The need for more room prompted house builders to develop larger houses with wings or additions built onto the back of the property. These added rooms could be used as bedrooms or offices or anything else that came up ideas. The most common addition was the garage which you will see in almost every American neighborhood.
There was also a rise in interest in personal hygiene products such as toothpaste, soap and shampoo that led to an increase demand for supermarkets. Supermarkets sold more goods because they took up less floor space than other retail stores so manufacturers produced more products to meet this new demand.
Finally, gasoline prices remained low during this time so driving to work or to go shopping was still an affordable option for most people.
These are all reasons why suburban growth occurred after World War II. Suburbs are still growing today in places like Texas, California and Florida where building permits for new homes exceed those of urban centers.