The Suburban Growth and Development of Nashville, TN (1945-1965) Jonathan Cox
Tennessee State University
During World War II agriculture was in serious demand, and Tennessee was in the top five in the nation in agriculture production. Nashville being the capitol of Tennessee saw increasing growth in revenue, next to Memphis. When citizens income increase, they tend to move away from the city. With agriculture in high demand during and after World War II, people wanted land to cultivate crops. The advancement of technology and science decreased the number of farms but increased production, due to the invention of the tractor.
Many soldiers returning from war didn’t want the hustle and bustle of the city life, and wanted to live in wide open space to raise their families. Many looking for work, took up occupation in the agriculture and Industrial sector. The standard of living for Tennesseans compared to favorably with other states in the southeast. The two decades following World War II, Tennessee rapidly changed from an agriculture state to an industrial. Before the war, mules and horses were the “bread and butter” in the production of the farms. Due to the combustible tractor, more crops were being harvest. The concentric zone theory can best describe the Nashville suburban growth during 1945-1965. With Industrial industry on the rise, many low-income stayed with-in zone two, in order to be closer to work. The owners of factories and businesses moved to the out skirts of the city to get away from the combustion of in city life. They could afford to travel to the out skirts and maintain the land. People with low-income could not afford the luxuries of transportation and big houses in the suburbs. If a lot of people live in a crowded area and don’t have much land to work with, public health deteriorate, due to lack of sanitation. In Many ways Nashville is still the same way now, as in the mid- nineteenth century. The Construction of “Life and Casual...
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