The ecological complex is used to describe broad urban change in cities. The ecological complex identifies the relationship between four concepts, known as “POET”, population, organization, environment, and technology. Detroit was affected in many different ways by POET between 1900 and 1910 and also between 2000 and 2010.
Population refers to the number of people or growth in cities. Between 1900 and 1910 the population of Detroit grew rapidly because of the advancement in technology at the time. The population was around 465,766 citizens around 1910. Around 2000 the population continued to increase and was around 951,270 citizens, but started to decrease around 2010 because technology was advancing and the need for people to work was decreasing. Organization is the way urban populations are organized according to social stratification, the political system and economic system. In Detroit, between 1900 and 1910 the social structure of the city was constantly changing because around this time the population and types of people were constantly changing. During 2000 and 2010 there was a lack o racial segregation in the South. Environment refers to the natural environment. During 1900 and 1910 the assembly line was being introduced to Detroit. Detroit was referred to as the “Paris of the West” for its beautiful architecture. Detroit was also emerging with transportation. During 2000’s, Detroit was improving roads and many other environmental issues. Technology refers to tools, inventions, ideas and techniques that directly impact urban growth and form. In Detroit, during 1900 and 1910 the technology was constantly increasing, but during 2000 it really began to advance further. The population, organization, environment, and technology of Detroit between 1900 and 1910 and also between 2000 and 2010 were improving. Everything about Detroit was constantly changing for the better.
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