Discuss the emergence of urban services in the 19th century U.S. City. Is the need for such services still there today? Did 19th century urban people require the same city services as city people in our own day do?
Nineteenth century American cities were small spaces that were increasingly becoming overpopulated, “between 1830 and 1860, the United States’ urban population grew by 552 percent from 1.1 million people to 6.2 million people”(Chudacoff 93). It was this influx of people into urban small urban areas that created various health and safety issues, i.e. urban problems, such as crime, disease, sanitation, and poverty to name a few. In an effort to remedy some of these newly emerging urban problems urban services such as police forces, water and sanitation departments and fire departments were first established. Disease and crime were two key urban problems that will be explored through examining the urban services, police departments and healthcare, which eme...