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历史上着名的塔科马帕克(Takoma Park)及塔科马帕克小学



1883年成立的塔科马帕克是美国首府华盛顿特区的「铁路郊区」(railroad suburb)。现今许多人不搭乘火车,他们会驾驶汽车往返于郊区家中及城市的工作地点间,但仍有一大部分的人会依赖大众运输系统通勤。今日,数以千计的塔科马帕克居民会搭乘电车(铁路的一种)通勤至华盛顿。所以创建已逾百年的塔科马帕克,仍被视为一个铁路郊区。

You probably know someone who works in a city but doesn't live there. Today that's common. But before most people owned cars and most cities had bus systems, people needed to live as close to work as possible.

That all changed in the late 1800s, when railroads were built from cities to outlying areas, allowing people to work in one place and live in another. People would work in the city and, at the end of the day, take the train to their homes in the suburbs, where it was quieter and less crowded. The suburbs also often offered cheaper housing.

Takoma Park, Maryland, began in 1883 as a "railroad suburb" of Washington, D.C., our nation's capital. Nowadays, many people commute from their homes in the suburbs to their jobs in the cities in cars rather than trains, but lots of people still rely on public transportation. Today, thousands of Takoma Park residents commute to Washington using the subway, which is a kind of railroad. So, more than 100 years after its founding, Takoma Park is still considered a railroad suburb.

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