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Empire on the Hudson : entrepreneurial vision and political power at the Port of New York Authority

Author: Jameson W Doig
Publisher: New York : Columbia University Press, ©2001.
Series: Columbia history of urban life.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Revered and reviled in almost equal amounts since its inception, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been responsible for creating and maintaining much of New York and New Jersey's  Read more...

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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jameson W Doig
ISBN: 0231076762 9780231076760 0231076770 9780231076777
OCLC Number: 44110255
Awards: Winner of Abel Wolman Award 2002
Winner of Abel Wolman Award 2010
Description: xix, 582 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: A Wilsonian hybrid: the powers of government and the spirit of capitalism --
The tensions and opportunities of Federalism: commercial conflict in the New York region --
Designing a new organization: an uneasy marriage of planning and politics --
Modernizing the rail system: contending strategies for an expanding metropolis --
Negotiating with the railroads: regional planning confronts the wary capitalist --
Politics and engineering passion: expanding the Port Authority's dreams --
A web of bridges, tunnels, and political intrigue --
Near bankruptcy and the loss of vision --
Federalism as a lawyers' playground --
The threat to municipal bonds as danger and opportunity --
To claim the skies and the seas --
Breaking the airline monopoly --
More than "a humdrum job of engineering": creating a giant bus station in Manhattan --
A regional empire in American politics: local history and its impact, leadership strategies, and ethical dilemmas --
Epilogue: Triumphs and travails of an aging empire --
Appendix: The Port compact of 1921.
Series Title: Columbia history of urban life.
Responsibility: Jameson W. Doig.

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