The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 91, July 1987 - April, 1988 Page: 18
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of electric streetcars in the years before World War I and automobiles
during the 1920s.26 In this case, an overemphasis by urban historians on
transportation technologies has hidden the formative role played by energy
in the process of urban growth. Similar types of analysis should be ap-
plied on a regional scale. For example, the historical parallel between the
discovery of oil in the Southwest and California after 1900 and the rise
of the sunbelt cities strongly suggests a causal relationship. These new
approaches should result in better answers to the perennial question of
how cities grow.
26Fred W Viehe, "Black Gold Suburbs. The Influence of the Extractive Industry on
the Suburbanization of Los Angeles, 1890 - 1930," Journal of Urban Hstory, VIII (Nov ,
1981), 3 - 26. Compare Robert M. Fogelson, The Fragmented Metropolis Los Angeles,
1850 -1930 (Cambridge, Mass Harvard University Press, 1967)
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