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May 06, 2007


Martin Langeland

Fascinating account.
I think a little perspective is always useful when mentioning prices of a century ago. Henry Ford, for instance, shocked his fellow employers by dramatically raising wages to a dollar a day -- and that was ten or twelve hours -- so that his employees could afford to buy a model A at about $500. That 10 cent trolley ride, though worth it, was not quite the bargain it appears to be to us.
It is also interesting to note that during twenties and thirties the largest owner of interurban railways in the US was General Motors. Just one of the many many steps that led to our current sprawl.

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