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Building New Yorks Sewers: The Evolution of Mechanisms of Urban Development Joanne Abel Goldman

Building New Yorks Sewers: The Evolution of Mechanisms of Urban Development

Joanne Abel Goldman

Published February 1st 1997
ISBN : 9781557530950
Spiral-bound
228 pages
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This wide-ranging study offers a unique perspective to examine the conditions, constraints, and concerns of city government during the first half of the nineteenth century. Decisions concerning wastewater disposal in New York City reflectMoreThis wide-ranging study offers a unique perspective to examine the conditions, constraints, and concerns of city government during the first half of the nineteenth century. Decisions concerning wastewater disposal in New York City reflect nineteenth-century notions of disease, the environment, and city responsibility. The decision to construct a comprehensive sewer system was a complex one that pitted individual liberty against the common. good and political considerations against those of professional physicians and engineers. This history of policy formation is, then, a story of changing values and ideas that must be understood within the context of the social, economic, political, and intellectual milieu of the middle of the nineteenth century.