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The automobile has made a dramatic impact on many different aspects of American society. The automobile industry has aided in the creation of malls and other large shopping areas, theme parks, hotels and motels, highways, and assorted drive through businesses such as banking and fast food. The vast popularization of cars and other automobiles has also impacted society negatively. Car accidents and other auto related death has increased as well as noise pollution, and the formation of a larger carbon footprint. The popularization of cars has also lead to a greater dependence on fossil fuels and other natural gases (Cohen).
The former focused on building ... ... middle of paper ... ...mited the growth of cities. The interstates expanding into the rural areas of America did allow people to travel places easily, that would have been very difficult to navigate to in the past. Families began taking day trips from the city to the country in their new affordable cars. The expansion to rural areas increased the rate of suburbanization significantly, as well. Industries started to grow along the highways, and as job opportunities opened more and more people began moving out of the city.
Automobiles are linked particularly to carbon monoxide pollution. They are noisy (especially if you are living near the highway), and they take up valuable space in the form of vast parking lots that are unpleasing to the eye. Why are there more automobiles on the road today than there was in the past? Understanding the answer to this question is important when trying to propose an effective solution to the increasing levels of pollution that we are experiencing. Our current levels of high pollution are the result of an increased number of vehicles on the road.
The automobile is considered to be one of the greatest inventions of all time. As a result of the automobile, cities changed, jobs were formed, and the environment was impacted. Within the past century, the automobile have had a large impact on cities. One of the effects of the automobile that people don't always think about is the formation of suburbs. Suburbs began being built heavily in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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As with other automobile-related phenomena, the trend is most noticeable in the United States but is rapidly appearing elsewhere in the world. Before the automobile, people both lived in the city and worked in the city, or lived in the country and worked on a farm. Because of the automobile, the growth of suburbs has allowed people to live on the outskirts of the city and be able to work in the city by commuting. New jobs due to the impact of the automobile such as fast food, city/highway construction, state patrol/police, convenience stores, gas stations, auto repair shops, auto shops, etc. allow more employment for the world's growing population.