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Tunneling to the Future: The Story of the Great Subway Expansion That Saved New York

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März 2001

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In 1910, New York City was bursting at the seams as more and more people crowded into increasingly limited housing in the tenement districts of Manhattan and Brooklyn. Traffic could scarcely move on the narrow streets and passengers jammed into the subways. The Lower East Side of Manhattan had the highest population density in the world. Conditions in the tenements were horrendous, as documented by the photography of Jacob Riis. Crime rates were on the rise, and the effects of overcrowding posed a serious threat to public health.With no outlet for its exploding population, and the burgeoning social problems created by overwhelming congestion, New York faced a serious crisis which city and state leaders addressed with dramatic measures. In March 1913, public officials and officers of the two existing rapid transit networks shook hands to seal a deal for a new transit system which would more than double the size of the two existing transit networks. Funded by both the public and private sectors, the Dual System of Rapid Transit would serve as a catalyst for the development of large areas of The Bronx, Queens, and Brooklyn, permanently transforming the city's physical infrastructure and composition. The new subways also fostered the growth of Midtown Manhattan as the nation's largest business center.At the time the largest and most expensive single municipal project ever attempted, the Dual System of Rapid Transit set the pattern of growth in New York City for decades to come, provided millions of families a better quality of life, and, in the words of Manhattan borough president George McAneny (1910-1913), "proved the city's physical salvation". It stands as that rare success story,of an enormously complicated project undertaken against great odds which proved successful beyond all measure.

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"An exceptional history ... Derrick's well-written narrative is packed with thoroughly researched facts and reasoning." --Library Journal "Derrick's book goes more into the details of the behind the scenes actions that surrounded the construction of the largest public transportation system ever." --Bronx Times "...a valuable case study in the micropolitics of one of the Progressive era's signature projects." --The Wall Street Journal "[An] excellent addition to the literature of the city's planning, development and economics." --Publishers Weekly "Illuminating ... Yes, the city built the subway (with a lot of help from the private sector), but more important, the subway built the city, which remains dependent on its intricate structure." --New York magazine "As the most detailed and thorough account available of the dual system, Derrick's book has improved out understanding of rapid transit politics and urban planning." --The Journal of American History, June 2002
EAN: 9780814719107
ISBN: 0814719104
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Verlag: NEW YORK UNIV PR
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2001
Seitenanzahl: 442 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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