Call Boomerang Books 1300 36 33 32

Description - Building Gotham by Keith D. Revell

In 1898, the New York state legislature created Greater New York, a metropolis of three-and-a-half million people, the second largest city in the world, and arguably the most diverse and complex urban environment in history. In this far-ranging study, Keith D. Revell shows how experts in engineering, law, architecture, public health, public finance, and planning learned to cope with the daunting challenges of collective living on this new scale. Engineers applied new technologies to build railroad tunnels under the Hudson River and construct aqueducts to quench the thirst of a city on the verge of water famine. Sanitarians attempted to clean up a harbor choked by millions of gallons of raw sewage. Economists experimented with new approaches to financing urban infrastructure. Architects and planners wrestled with the problems of skyscraper regulation and regional growth. These issues of city-building and institutional change involved more than the familiar push and pull of interest groups or battles among bosses, reformers, immigrants, and natives. Revell details the ways that technical values helped to reshape ideas of community, generate new centers of public authority, and change the physical landscape of New York City.

Buy Building Gotham by Keith D. Revell from Australia's Online Independent Bookstore, Boomerang Books.

Book Details

ISBN: 9780801882067
ISBN-10: 0801882060
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 23mm)
Pages: 344
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United States

Other Editions - Building Gotham by Keith D. Revell

Book Reviews - Building Gotham by Keith D. Revell

» Have you read this book? We'd like to know what you think about it - write a review about Building Gotham book by Keith D. Revell and you'll earn 50c in Boomerang Bucks loyalty dollars (you must be a Boomerang Books Account Holder - it's free to sign up and there are great benefits!)

Write Review


Author Biography - Keith D. Revell

Keith D. Revell is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Policy and Management at Florida International University.