Fires How a Computer Formula, Big Ideas, and the Best of Intentions Burned down New York City - And Determined the Future of Cities

ISBN-10: 1594485062

ISBN-13: 9781594485060

Edition: N/A

Authors: Joe Flood
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Description: A revealing account of the first time computer modeling met City Hall-and the disaster that ensued. In 1968, New York City struck a deal with the RAND Corporation to use their computer models to establish more efficient public services and save millions of dollars, beginning their first civilian effort with the FDNY. Over the next decade a series of fires swept through New York, displacing more than 600,000 people, all thanks to the intentional withdrawal of fire protection from the city's poorest neighborhoods-based on RAND's computer modeling systems. In The Fires, journalist Joe Flood provides an X-ray of the inner workings of modern cities, using the dramatic story of a pair of mayors, an ambitious Fire Commissioner, and an even more ambitious think tank to illuminate the patterns and formulas that are now inextricably woven into the very fabric of the modern urban experience.

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List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 4/5/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 368
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

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The War Years
The Fireman and the Reformer
The Hangman's Trap
Of Whiz Kids and Think Tanks
Enter the Poet
The Fire Next Door
How the Other Half Thinks
Red Lines and White Flight
Of Riots and Airmail
O'Hagan's Choice
Going Along to Get Along
Quantifying the Unquantifiable
A Disproportionate Share of the Economies
New Math
The Fiscal Crisis Kool-Aid Acid Test
Waldbaum's Revisited
Conclusion
Acknowledgments
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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