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Infrastructure and Economic Prosperity A famous Canadian geographer was once quoted saying any region which has a well developed transportation and communication network also enjoys a high degree of economic prosperity This statement has sparked much controversy between geographers as well as economists The argument is is there a direct link between a developed infrastructure and economic prosperity Without a doubt there is a direct link between economic prosperity and a well-developed system of transportation and communication It is possible to understand this direct link by reviewing and comparing the infrastructure and economy of three different cities Toronto has well-developed transportation and communication systems North Bay has terrible communication and transportation systems and Brampton has just recently developed their communication and transportation systems In order to understand the direct link between infrastructure and the economy which will be illustrated by the three cities it is important to know the history of transportation and the economy Land transportation first began with the carrying of goods by people The ancient civilizations of Central America Mexico and Peru transported materials in that fashion over long roads and bridges The first road vehicles were two-wheeled carts with stone disks as wheels used by the Sumerians in 3000 BCE The Chinese constructed the first road system under the Chou dynasty in 1000 BCE In Asia the camel caravan served to transport goods and people The first system of transportation by sailing was created by the Phoenicians and was used to ship goods of high value such as gems spices and fine handiwork This form of transportation is first written about with King Solomon ships of Tarshish bringing gold and silver ivory apes and peacocks The advances in transportation led to the development of metropolitan centres From the history it is shown that it is impossible to have a strong economy without transportation and communication Transportation and communication are the two essential factors for importing
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