Building New York's Sewers: Developing Mechanisms of Urban Management

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Building New York's Sewers: Developing Mechanisms of Urban Management

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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 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. -- Provided by publisher

Keywords

Sewage disposal -- New York (State) -- New York -- Government policy -- History -- 19th century; Sewage disposal -- Political aspects -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century; Sewage disposal -- New York (State) -- New York -- History -- 19th century; New York (N.Y.) -- Politics and government;

Document Type

Book

ISBN

9781557530950

Publication Date

1997

Publisher

Purdue University Press

City

West Lafayette, IN

Department

Department of History

Object Description

xvii, 228 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm

Language

EN

Building New York's Sewers: Developing Mechanisms of Urban Management

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