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City on a grid : how New York became New York

Author: Gerard T Koeppel
Publisher: [Boston, MA] : Da Capo Press, 2015.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"City on a Grid tells--for the first time--the fascinating story of the creation and long life of New York City's distinctive street grid: its many streets crossed at right angles by a few parallel avenues laid upon a rural Manhattan two centuries ago. The grid made New York what it is today, and defined the urbanism of a rising nation. When it was first conceived at the start of the nineteenth century, the grid was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
History
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Gerard T Koeppel
ISBN: 0306822857 9780306822858
OCLC Number: 922702872
Description: 1 online resource (336 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Intro; Title Page; Copyright; Table of Contents; Dedication; Frontispiece Map; Prefatory Note; Introduction; Chapter 1: Come Hither Old Grid; Chapter 2: Five Acres and a Rule: The Great Grid's Common Origins; Chapter 3: The City to Be or Not to Be?; Chapter 4: The City Not to Be; Chapter 5: Now What?; Chapter 6: Three Man Island; Chapter 7: Into the Woods; Chapter 8: A Grid Is Born; Chapter 9: Getting Square with Right-Angled Living; Chapter 10: The Grid That Ate Manhattan; Chapter 11: The City Gridded; Chapter 12: The City Unbeautiful; Chapter 13: Back to the Rectilinear Future; Photos
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The never-before-told story of New York's iconic street grid-who made the decision and why, how it was carried out, and what impact it had on local, national, and world history  Read more...

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Library Journal, 9/18/15 "Readers curious about the growth of infrastructure in large city centers will definitely be interested in Koeppel's take." Internet Review of Books, 11/6/15 "How can anybody Read more...

 
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