Turn of the Century The Industrial Revolution had lasting effects. The people of the early 20th century had access to many more luxuries than any people before. Automobiles transformed culture by allowing people to live farther and farther away from the workplace. This created suburban life. Cities were transformed by the ever growing skyscrapers that seemed to dominate architecture. This was made possible due to better methods of production of steel and the increasing use of energy sources such as electricity and coal. Electricity changed life as people began to use electric lights and appliances in their homes. For entertainment, new technologies such as the radio and moving pictures became popular. The spirit of invention continued throughout the early part of the 20th century.