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Boston's Back Bay : the story of America's greatest nineteenth-century landfill project

Author: William A Newman; Wilfred E Holton
Publisher: Boston : Northeastern University Press ; Hanover : University Press of New England, ©2006.
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"This book focuses on the filling of the Back Bay's largest section, the Receiving Basin. By the 1850s, pollution of the former tidal marsh and severe overcrowding in Boston inspired plans to fill the Back Bay. Work on the landfill began in earnest in 1858 and was completed around 1890 - and remains the largest residential and commercial landfill project ever carried out in the United States."
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Newman, William A.
Boston's Back Bay.
Boston : Northeastern University Press ; Hanover : University Press of New England, ©2006
(OCoLC)645001262
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William A Newman; Wilfred E Holton
ISBN: 1555536514 9781555536510 1555536808 9781555536800
OCLC Number: 62755485
Description: xiv, 228 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Prehistory of the Back Bay --
Why fill the Back Bay? --
Planning and financing the Back Bay Landfill --
Locomotives and steam shovels --
Gravel trains and bold entrepreneurs --
A shocking development fails to derail the project --
Environmental problems and zoning.
Responsibility: William A. Newman and Wilfred E. Holton.
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