Boston's Bridges (Images of America Series)

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Flanked by rivers and ocean inlets, Boston has always been a city of bridges. At one time, Bostonians built more bridges per acre of city land than any other American city. From the days of the old Charles River crossing to the striking new Zakim span, these bridges stand as public monuments as much as they serve Boston's transportation needs. In no other American city can such a dense collection of diverse bridge types, styles, and ages be found today.

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Overview


Flanked by rivers and ocean inlets, Boston has always been a city of bridges. At one time, Bostonians built more bridges per acre of city land than any other American city. From the days of the old Charles River crossing to the striking new Zakim span, these bridges stand as public monuments as much as they serve Boston's transportation needs. In no other American city can such a dense collection of diverse bridge types, styles, and ages be found today.

Boston's Bridges surveys the city's spans, telling the story of their construction and tracking the evolution in design, materials, and construction techniques from the 1700s to the present. Drawing on previously unpublished images from the Massachusetts Department of Public Works, the city of Boston archives, and numerous other sources, Boston's Bridges is a vivid document of the city's bridges past and present. Written by an engineer-historian, Boston's Bridges will appeal not only to those fascinated by Boston's history but also to those with an interest in construction, civil engineering, and urban architecture.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780738535715
  • Publisher: Arcadia Publishing SC
  • Publication date: 4/15/2004
  • Series: Images of America Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,450,946
  • Product dimensions: 6.48 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.31 (d)

Meet the Author


Yanni Tsipis holds degrees in civil engineering and urban planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is the author of three bestselling Arcadia titles: Boston's Central Artery, Building the Mass Pike, and Building Route 128. Tsipis sits on the editorial board of Civil Engineering Practice, the journal of the Boston Society of Civil Engineers, and is a project manager at Meredith & Grew, a Boston-based real estate firm.
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  • Posted June 13, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    A book for Bridge and Boston aficionados

    This is almost exactly the picture book I was looking for while doing research on these bridges. It goes into more detail of bridges I'm not as interested in at the cost of bridges I was more interested in, but that's just me. I wanted more about the Harvard Bridge than I did about the 1950s era Charles River Crossing, but the author apparently considered I93 more significant. I can't argue since it's a personal preference.

    Anyway, this book contains a lot of construction images of bridges which are no longer around as well as of bridges we can still see. It's consistant with the other books in its series, in that it applies a sepia tint to everything. I don't know if some of these images are in color or not, but the book series doesn't allow for it, even when the pictures aren't really that old.

    I recommend this book to those interested in the Charles River and the towns along the basin, as well as in bridges as such.

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