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Empire on the Hudson Entrepreneurial Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority

ISBN-10: 0231076770
ISBN-13: 9780231076777
Edition: 2001
Authors: Jameson W. Doig
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Description: Doig traces the evolution of the Port Authority from its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles. The work reveals the rise to power of one of the world's largest  More...

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Book details

List price: $45.00
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 10/17/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 620
Size: 6.10" wide x 8.98" long x 1.53" tall
Weight: 2.156
Language: English

Doig traces the evolution of the Port Authority from its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles. The work reveals the rise to power of one of the world's largest specialized regional governments.

List of Illustrations in the Text
Elected and Appointed Officials: Years in Office
Foreword
Preface: Hopes and Judgments
A Wilsonian Hybrid: The Powers of Government and the Spirit of Capitalism
Creating a New Institution
The Tensions and Opportunities of Federalism: Commercial Conflict in the New York Region
Designing a New Organization: An Uneasy Marriage of Planning and Politics
Failure and a New Beginning
Modernizing the Rail System: Contending Strategies for an Expanding Metropolis
Negotiating with the Railroads: Regional Planning Confronts the Wary Capitalist
Politics and Engineering Passion: Expanding the Port Authority's Dreams
A Web of Bridges, Tunnels, and Political Intrigue
Drift and the Sources of Renewal
Near Bankruptcy and the Loss of Vision
Federalism as a Lawyers' Playground
The Threat to Municipal Bonds as Danger and Opportunity
Expanding Empire
To Claim the Skies and the Seas
Breaking an Airline Monopoly
More Than "A Humdrum Job of Engineering": Creating a Giant Bus Station in Manhattan
Conclusions
A Regional Empire in American Politics: Local History and Its Impact, Leadership Strategies, and Ethical Dilemmas
Epilogue: Triumphs and Travails of an Aging Empire
The Port Compact of 1921
Notes
Acknowledgments
Index

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