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Title: Sudbury: A Historical Case Study of Multiple Urban-Economic Transformation
Authors: Saarinen, Oiva
Keywords: railway company town
human dynamic
colonial-frontier mining town
regional central-place
Issue Date: 1990
Publisher: Ontario Historical Society
Citation: Saarinen, Oiva. (1990) "Sudbury: A Historical Case Study of Multiple Urban-Economic Transformation". Ontario History 82(1) 53-81
Abstract: Sudbury serves as a relevant historical case study of a settlement that has undergone several transformations since its inception as a fledgling village in the latter part of the nineteenth century. Though changes of this kind have been frequent in Ontario, they have not normally happened to hinterland resource communities. This article suggests that Sudbury is unique in this regard, having evolved through five distinct stages: (I) a railway company village, (2) a colonial-frontier mining town and city, (3) a regional central-place, (4) a declining metropolis, and (5) a nearly selfsustaining community. The constant restructuring of Sudbury's society and economic base has been caused by a variety of external and internal forces, among which the "human dynamic" has been vital and ever present. The paper suggests that under certain circumstances a resource community can progress from a staples and boom-bust existence to a more sustainable urban economy based on local and regional influences.
URI: https://zone.biblio.laurentian.ca/dspace/handle/10219/288
ISSN: 0030-2953
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