Illuminating the streets, alleys, parks and suburbs of the American City: non-networked technologies, 1870-1920

  title={Illuminating the streets, alleys, parks and suburbs of the American City: non-networked technologies, 1870-1920},
  author={Joel A. Tarr},
  journal={History and Technology},
  pages={105 - 128}
  • J. Tarr
  • Published 2 January 2020
  • History
  • History and Technology
ABSTRACT During the nineteenth century American cities transitioned from offering minimal services to providing services through networked infrastructures. Among these were street lights fueled largely by coal gas produced by manufactured gas plants and distributed by pipe line and later by electricity, both arc and incandescent. Because of fuel and construction costs, manufactured gas was expensive and uneven, and gas networks were confined to business sectors and affluent neighborhoods. To… 
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