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Between 1865 and 1900 American cities changed drastically The development was at its fastest moving point For example in 1860 only fifty-eight cities in the country had a population between ten and 50 thousand people This number by 1900 was up to 369 With this rapid population growth came a need for development in these cities Electronic trolleys were invented to eliminate the tons of waste from horsecars that had for decades fouled city streets This also caused congestion however and to relieve this congestion large cities such as New York elevated portions of transit systems and in turn put communities under noisy and rickety platforms City sanitation also changed during this forty-year period By the 1880s bathrooms with showers and flush toilets had become standard features in hospitals and many middle-class homes Life became a bit turbulent at times with the problem of overpopulation and poor housing Chicagos population was increased twenty times its size over this short period of time Urban life was not the same for everyone Until 1889 womens life in urban areas was much different That year Jane Addams founded one the first settlement houses called Hull House in Chicago These houses gave women the birth of a feeling of power in the real world AN advantage to living in these urban areas was the close proximity to everything Nearby open land was now urbanized and used as a place for leisure activities to shy away from the stresses city life can bring This urbanization of cities was an extremely big part in the development of the United States to what it is today Today the vast majority of people in this country live in the higher populated areas Before the 1860s this majority claimed farms as their living space One advantage to these urban areas was the entertainment The most popular form to come about at this time was called Vaudeville Vaudeville bridged the middle and working class tastes
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