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Building Gotham : civic culture and public policy in New York City, 1898-1938

Author: Keith D Revell
Publisher: Baltimore ; London : John Hopkins University Press, ©2003.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this far-ranging study, Keith D. Revell shows how experts in engineering, law, architecture, public health, public finance, and planning learned to cope with the daunting challenges of collective living on this mammouth scale. Engineers applied new technologies to build railroad tunnels under the Hudson River and construct aqueducts to quench the thirst of a city on the verge of water famine. Sanitarians  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Revell, Keith D., 1963-
Building Gotham.
Baltimore : John Hopkins University Press, 2003
(OCoLC)654568776
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Keith D Revell
ISBN: 0801870739 9780801870736
OCLC Number: 123159075
Notes: "A catalog record for this book is available from the British Library."
Awards: Winner of Kenneth Jackson Award for Best Book in North American Urban History 2003 (United States)
Winner of Abel Wolman Award 2003 (United States)
Description: x, 327 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction. Conceiving the new metropolis : expertise, public policy, and the problem of civic culture in New York City --
Private infrastructure and public policy : "The public be pleased". Railroad planning, engineering culture, and the promise of quasi-scientific voluntarism. Beyond voluntarism : the Interstate Commerce Commission, the railroads, and freight planning for New York harbor --
Public infrastructure, local autonomy, and private wealth : buccaneer bureaucrats, physical interdependence, and free riders : building the underground city. Taxing, spending, and borrowing : expanding public claims on private wealth --
Urban planning, private rights, and public power. City planning versus the law : zoning the metropolis. "They shall splash at a ten-league canvas with brushes of comets' hair" : regional planning and the metropolitan dilemma. Conclusion "An almost mystical unity" : interdependence and the public interest in the modern metropolis.
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