Building New York's Sewers: Developing Mechanisms of Urban Management
Building New York's Sewers: Developing Mechanisms of Urban Management (Hardback)
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.
About the Author(s):
Dr. Joanne Abel Goldman Associate Professor of History at the University of Northern Iowa