The Resource City on a grid : how New York became New York, Gerard Koeppel

City on a grid : how New York became New York, Gerard Koeppel

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City on a grid : how New York became New York
Title
City on a grid
Title remainder
how New York became New York
Statement of responsibility
Gerard Koeppel
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"City on a Grid tells--for the first time--the fascinating story of the creation and long life of New York City's distinctive street grid: its many streets crossed at right angles by a few parallel avenues laid upon a rural Manhattan two centuries ago. The grid made New York what it is today, and defined the urbanism of a rising nation. When it was first conceived at the start of the nineteenth century, the grid was intended to bring order to the chaos of 'Old New York'--the quaint, low-scale, but notoriously dirty and disorderly place of jumbled colonial streets that had sprouted from the southern tip of the island from its earliest days. Turning the swamps and hills of Manhattan into the city we know today was a project on the scale of building the Erie or Panama Canals or the Transcontinental Railway. Like those epics, it is a story filled with larger-than-life characters. And the hundreds of rectangular lots and buildings the grid inevitably produced gave a sense of stability and rational purpose for a young city evolving into greatness. Now, then, is the time to tell the grid's story: the events that led to it, how the commissioners and their surveyor came up with their plan, and how the lengthening life of the city has been utterly shaped by it. Whether one loves or hates New York's grid, little has been written to explain how it came to be, who did it and why, and what it has meant for New York and the cities and nation that have looked to New York as the model for American urban life. Until now"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
307.1/216097471
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
City on a grid : how New York became New York, Gerard Koeppel
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City on a grid : how New York became New York, Gerard Koeppel
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-275) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Come hither old grid -- Five acres and a rule: the great grid's common origins -- The city to be or not to be? -- The city not to be -- Now what? -- Three man island -- Into the woods -- A grid is born -- Getting square with right-angled living -- The grid that ate Manhattan -- The city gridded -- The city unbeautiful -- Back to the rectilinear future
Control code
16250144
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Dimensions
25 cm.
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Extent
xxiv, 296 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780306822841
Isbn Type
(hbk. : alkaline paper)
Lccn
2015020980
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustratons, maps, portraits
System control number
  • (eLGAR).b30856668
  • (OCoLC)902657028
  • (Nz)16250144

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