Places: a classification of definable areas that have a "feel" or an identity
Further discussion and more examples are on the linked webpages.
A list of of my classifications, comparing sizes and appearances.
A granule of urbanity smaller than Hamlets - barely urban, but still more than just an isolated building or two.Examples:
Hamlets are the most populous / most concentrated rural place type, and the smallest urban place type: They are the transition between rural and urban.
It feeels like there should be a classification between Hamlet and Village, especially within the 150-500 population gap.Examples:
Bigger than Hamlet; maybe 500 population minimum and 5,000 maximum. One modern indicator may be a lack of public transit.Example:
There seems to be a need for a smaller sized town, so I propose this. Population is between about 5,000 and 15,000.Example:
Though this is often a general term for urban places, not specific as to size, there is a need for its classification between Village and City. Population is between about 15,000 and 50,000.Example:
A city that has expanded out to neighboring towns and absorbed them, or so dominates their character that they are considered a "greater part" of the large city.Example:
A large city that has expanded out to nearby large cities, creating an urban region that spans counties.Examples:
The original American neighborhood was a part of the city, closely enmeshed with it within walking distance of the downtown. The American Suburb arose in the mid-nineteenth century as an adjunct to the traditional American city, made possible and practical by public transportation and unhindered land.
The original American neighborhood was a part of the city, closely enmeshed with it within walking distance of the downtown.Example:
The American Suburb arose in the mid-nineteenth century as an adjunct to the traditional American city, made possible and practical by public transportation and unhindered land.
The new horse-drawn streetcars allows neighborhoods to be built farther from the center of the city, but they were still extensions of the urban grid and closely tied to the center city.Example:
As electric streetcars became more widespread, suburbs stretched out farther, but still clustering close to the trolley arteries.Example:
As the automobile rose in popularity and practicality, suburbia adjusted to accomodate it by stretching out.
Panorama of Sears houses built in Carlinville, Illinois, as pictured in the 1926 Sears homes catalogExample:
Suburbia became more dissociated from the core city as industry also moved out of the core city, and the growing availability and use of the automobile made the population more mobile by necessity and will.Example:
Suburbs were (and currently are) built among rural land in a totally rural environment.Example:
An illustration of my classifications, comparing each's relationship with urbanity.