Sunday Video: Why Did Railroad Companies Mass Produce Cities?


Dave Amos documents the history of railway towns in America in this video. Railway companies in the 1800s expanded quickly to the West, platting small towns as part of their federal land grants. Amos explores how companies built their lines, designed the towns, and the legacies of towns that remain.

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Stephen is an urban planner with a passion for sustainable, livable, and diverse cities. He is especially interested in how policies, regulations, and programs can promote positive outcomes for communities. Stephen lives in Kenmore and primarily covers land use and transportation issues for The Urbanist.