Fat of the Land: Garbage in New York - The Last 200 Years

Fat of the Land: Garbage in New York - The Last 200 Years

by Benjamin Miller
     
 

ISBN-10: 1568581726

ISBN-13: 9781568581729

Pub. Date: 01/28/2000

Publisher: Basic Books

A city awash in garbage; rats skittering through heaps of rotting debris; disease spreading through choked waterways; citizens threading through piles of filth - urban nightmare or profiteer's dream come true? Benjamin Miller's panoramic view of New York's garbage takes us from the earliest antebellum collectors, to 19th- century barons trading in fertilizers and

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A city awash in garbage; rats skittering through heaps of rotting debris; disease spreading through choked waterways; citizens threading through piles of filth - urban nightmare or profiteer's dream come true? Benjamin Miller's panoramic view of New York's garbage takes us from the earliest antebellum collectors, to 19th- century barons trading in fertilizers and explosives, to the current feuding bureaucrats and environmentalists. Fat of the Land covers social and scientific theories of class and disease, in the process offering a richly textured history of urban development. The book reveals for the first time the plotting of power broker Robert Moses that gave birth to the controversial Fresh Kills landfill and examines the curious logic behind its untimely end. Fat of the Land brings to light an often hidden subject, assessing who gains and who loses in the endless battle over garbage.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568581729
Publisher:
Basic Books
Publication date:
01/28/2000
Pages:
425
Product dimensions:
6.26(w) x 8.96(h) x 1.28(d)
Lexile:
1580L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsxi
Chronologyxiii
Prologue: Garbarge1
Part I.Engineering Reform
Chapter 1The Greatest Happiness17
Chapter 2Grease45
Part II.Expanding Opportunities
Chapter 3Friends93
Chapter 4Enemies127
Part III.Public Work
Chapter 5Roads and Rails139
Chapter 6Bridges and Tunnels156
Chapter 7Parks and Parkways167
Chapter 8Ports and Airports185
Part IV.Landscape Sculpture
Chapter 9Citizens and Scientists215
Chapter 10Taking Heat229
Chapter 11Two Paths250
Chapter 12Waste Management262
Chapter 13Hauling Biomass279
Epilogue: Pew Yew Choo-Choo289
Notes299
Illustration Credits389
Index393

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