Sanitary City Environmental Services in Urban America from Colonial Times to the Present

ISBN-10: 0822959836

ISBN-13: 9780822959830

Edition: 2008 (Abridged)

Authors: Martin V. Melosi
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Description: Immersed in their on-demand, highly consumptive, and disposable lifestyles, most urban Americans take for granted the technologies that provide them with potable water, remove their trash, and process their wastewater. These vital services, however, are the byproduct of many decades of development by engineers, sanitarians, and civic planners.nbsp; InThe Sanitary City,Martin V. Melosi assembles a comprehensive, thoroughly researched and referenced history of sanitary services in urban America. He examines the evolution of water supply, sewage systems, and solid waste disposal during three distinct eras: The Age of Miasmas (pre-1880); The Bacteriological Revolution (1880-1945); and The New Ecology (1945 to present-day).nbsp; Originally published in 2000, this abridged edition includes updated text and bibliographic materials.The Sanitary Cityis an essential resource for those interested in environmental history, environmental engineering, science and technology, urban studies, and public health. Winner of: George Perkins Marsh Prize from the American Society for Environmental History Urban History Association Prize for the best book in North American Urban History Abel Wolman Prize from the Public Works Historical Society Sidney Edelstein Prize from the Society for the History of Technology

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List price: $29.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Press
Publication date: 3/28/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.408
Language: English

The age of miasmas : from colonial times to 1880
Sanitation practices in pre-Chadwickian America
Bringing the serpent's tail into the serpent's mouth : Edwin Chadwick and the "sanitary idea" in England
The "sanitary idea" crosses the Atlantic
Pure and plentiful : from protosystems to modern waterworks, 1830-1880
Subterranean networks : wastewater systems as works in progress, 1830-1880
The bacteriological revolution, 1880-1945 On the cusp of the new public health : bacteriology, environmental sanitation, and the quest for permanence, 1880-1920
Water supply as a municipal enterprise, 1880-1920
Battles at both ends of the pipe : sewage systems and the new health paradigm, 1880-1920
The third pillar of sanitary services : the rise of public refuse management, 1880-1920
The Great Depression, World War II, and public works, 1920-1945
Water supply as a national issue : the federal government, expansion of service, and the threat of pollution, 1920-1945
Sewerage, treatment, and the "broadening viewpoint," 1920-1945
The "orphan child of sanitary engineering" : refuse collection and disposal, 1920-1945
The new ecology, 1945-2000s
The challenge of suburban sprawl and the "urban crisis" in the age of ecology, 1945-1970
A time of unease : the "water crisis" in an effluent society, 1945-1970
Beyond their limits : decaying sewers, overflows, and foaming plants, 1945-1970
Solid waste as "third pollution," 1945-1970
From Earth Day to infrastructure crisis : forces shaping the new sanitary city
Beyond broken pipes and tired treatment plants : water supply, wastewater, and pollution since 1970
Out of state, out of mind : the garbage crisis in America
Epilogue
Abbreviations
Notes
Bibliographic essay
Index
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