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their intelligence, leadership, organization
and promotion. They can turn new trends
to the advantage of the city. This has
been well illustrated in the past develop-
ment of Dallas. Another element influ-
encing the growth of the city will be va-
rious governmental regulations such as
freight rates and taxes, over many of which
the people of the community have but
little control.
The following section of this report pre-
sents a brief summary of the past and
probable future economic background of
Dallas. It is not intended to be a thorough
study. It has been pursued only to the
extent deemed necessary to determine those
elements that will have an effect upon the
new Master City Plan. No doubt far more
exhaustive studies on this subject have
been and will be made for other purposes.
To assist in the appraisal of the economic
background of Dallas, considerable statis-
tical data is included in this part of the
report and in the following section. This
information is not presented for Dallas
alone, but for eight other cities as well.
All of these eight cities are of the same
general size. Two of them, Tulsa and
Houston, are in the same general geo-
graphical area of the nation as Dallas and
have, consequently, been influenced by the
same general elements in the past. The
other six cities are located in widely di-
vergent sections of the United States and
present varied economic and social back-

grounds. Rochester, New York, is a ma-
ture industrial community, located in a
part of the country that is at a much
later stage of development than is the
Texas area. Portland, Oregon, is a new
city, located in a part of the country that
is only now beginning to develop. Louis-
ville and Memphis are Southern cities, older
than Dallas, located in a part of the nation
that has been rather backward for the past
several decades. Columbus and Toledo,
somewhat typical of the middle-western
cities, reflect the type of development of
that section of the United States. It should
be emphasized that this comparison has
been made rather arbitrarily and is in-
tended chiefly to better qualify judgment
of the character of the problems in Dallas.
It is not intended to be an exhaustive sta-
tistical analysis.
The data used in this report are obtained
from the United States Census and from
surveys of other federal agencies. This in-
formation is obtained at intervals of from
two to ten years. Because of this lag in
time, statistics used in this report may
have been obtained as long ago as 1939
and do not represent conditions existing
today. Due to the war, present-day con-
ditions are abnormal, and it is believed
that the analysis herein presented reveals
trends more significant in the long-range
development of Dallas than would a simi-
lar analysis of figures obtained today, even
if the latter were available.

Geographical Features

The geographical location and present
development of the State of Texas re-
quires, with our present methods of trans-
portation, the development of at least two
relatively large cities. The first of these

is obviously a seaport. Through construc-
tion of the ship canal, Houston can now
accommodate ocean-going ships at a dis-
tance far enough removed from the Gulf
coast to avoid danger of Gulf storms. It
is consequently becoming the major sea-

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