Montreal Electric Streetcar Suburbanization: A Study of a Canadian City’s Morphological Transformation Before World War 1

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Montreal Electric Streetcar Suburbanization: A Study of a Canadian City’s Morphological Transformation Before World War 1
Abstract
The author investigates the ways in which the electric streetcar shaped Montreal's urban form during the late nineteenth and early twentieth century (1892-1913). Information was collected from historical newspaper articles, documents, and maps. By reviewing sources pertaining to the Montreal Street Railway Company's ventures, the author traces the initial expansion of the electric streetcar system. She also explores the streetcar system's presence in the suburban context through the review of the Montreal Park and Island Railway Company's franchises. The author found that the term "streetcar suburb" is frequently employed in the literature, but without explanation of its criteria. She developed a streetcar suburb model, which she then compared to Lachine – a suburban neighbourhood located at the southwest end of the island of Montreal. The author concludes that Lachine does not fit the streetcar suburb model. Though the neighbourhood exhibits some of the model's properties, they are not necessarily attributable to the streetcar. Lachine's urban development is more influenced by the presence of large industrial firms and institutions.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
2013
Language
en
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Karczmar, Christine Elizabeth. “Montreal Electric Streetcar Suburbanization: A Study of a Canadian City’s Morphological Transformation Before World War 1.” Master’s Thesis, McGill University, 2013. http://digitool.library.mcgill.ca/R/S31VHGLXQ435VD1RSH4XL3PV2C13H548BKSNNSCSKY11FRE3QS-07304?func=results-jump-full&set_entry=000125&set_number=001672&base=GEN01.
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