Patterns in the History of the Urban Infrastructure

by Joel A. Tarr, Carnegie Mellon Univ, Pittsburgh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Infrastructure: Planning and Management


Infrastructure construction has been marked not only by a cyclical funding pattern but also by occasional shifts in regard to government level of provision. That is, while some infrastructure has historically been provided by all levels of government - city, county, state and federal - the major provider has often shifted from one level to another. This paper discusses these patterns in the history of urban infrastructure.

Subject Headings: Infrastructure construction | Urban development | Local government | Federal government | Infrastructure | Urban areas | History | Financing

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