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Garbage in the cities : refuse, reform, and the environment

Author: Martin V Melosi
Publisher: Pittsburgh, Pa. : University of Pittsburgh Press, ©2005.
Series: History of the urban environment.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Rev. edView all editions and formats
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As recently as the 1880s, most American cities had no effective means of collecting and removing the mountains of garbage, refuse, and manure--over a thousand tons a day in New York City alone--that clogged streets and overwhelmed the senses of residents. In his landmark study, Garbage in the Cities, Martin Melosi offered the first history of efforts begun in the Progressive Era to clean up this mess. Since it was  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Martin V Melosi
ISBN: 0822958570 9780822958574
OCLC Number: 55982364
Description: xvi, 302 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Contents: List of tables and figures --
Preface --
Acknowledgments --
1: Out of sight, out of mind: the refuse problem in the late nineteenth century --
2: Apostle of cleanliness and the origins of refuse management --
3: Refuse as an engineering problem: sanitary engineers and municipal reform --
4: Refuse as an aesthetic problem: voluntary citizens' organizations and sanitation --
5: Street-cleaning practices in the early twentieth century --
6: Collection and disposal practices in the early twentieth century --
7: Solid waste as pollution in twentieth-century America --
8: Garbage crisis in the late twentieth century --
Conclusion --
Notes --
Index. Out of Sight, Out of Mind: The Refuse Problem in the Late Nineteenth Century --
The "Apostle of Cleanliness" and the Origins of Refuse Management --
Refuse as an Engineering Problem: Sanitary Engineers and Municipal Reform --
Refuse as an Aesthetic Problem: Voluntary Citizens' Organizations and Sanitation --
Street-Cleaning Practices in the Early Twentieth Century --
Collection and Disposal Practices in the Early Twentieth Century --
Solid Waste as Pollution in Twentieth-Century America --
The Garbage Crisis in the Late Twentieth Century.
Series Title: History of the urban environment.
Responsibility: Martin V. Melosi.
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