Evolution Of Automobile History

854 Words 4 Pages
In 1908, Henry Ford introduced the Model T in 1908, promising an automobile for the masses and after a year of production there were 10,000 Model Ts on the road in the United States (Giucci 3). By the 1950s, nearly every American household had an automobile (Wheely Interesting Automobile History). Ever since the first automobile was built and drove on the road, it gave a new life to United States and significantly changes the future of American people. The birth automobile in United States dramatically reshaped the economy, society, and culture of Americans in many different ways. The automobile impressively boosted the Unite States economy. In a single year, 1929, Americans spent $2.58 billion on automobiles (Henretta, Edwards, and Self 681). …show more content…
The architectural culture of United State significantly changes since the arrival of automobile to American people. One examples architectural transformation is the design of drive-in establishment. By the 1920s, the "drive-in market" had made its appearance in California, and by the early 1930s drive-in restaurants and true suburban shopping centers had been built in Kansas City and Dallas (Berger). Additionally, roadside establishments were specifically designed for the motorized customer. Such architectural alteration was not limited to commercial structures. The mass reception of the automobile affected the design of private houses as well, leading to such developments as the "motorcentric" home and attached garages (Berger). Also, not only the vertical structures modification has to be made, but also the horizontal structures such as road, street, and highway to adapt on increasing use of automobile. The older city, built to function in a horse-and-buggy era, found themselves faced with severe traffic congestion and parking problems and in answer to these problems, constructing a wider streets and narrower sidewalks. The automobile also revolutionize the transportation culture of American people. The automobile became the major mode of transportation of many Americans. It was no longer necessary for one to live near where one worked or to depend on public transit. The increasing number of city residents found that they could live outside urban areas and utilize cars to work, it help created large number of Americans to live in suburban areas. By the end of the 1950s, the American almost can do everything possible without leaving their automobiles. The rise of drive-thru fast food, drive-in movies, the national highway system, and the roadside motel all evidence of acceptance of automobile in American

Related Documents