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City Water, City Life: Water and the Infrastructure of Ideas in Urbanizing Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago

Carl Smith


A city is more than a massing of citizens, a layout of buildings and streets, or an arrangement of political, economic, and social institutions. It is also an infrastructure of ideas, an embodiment of the beliefs, values, and aspirations of the people who created it. This book explores this infrastructure of ideas through an examination of the development of the first successful waterworks systems in Philadelphia, Boston, and Chicago between the 1790s and the 1860s. In this period the United States began its rapid transformation from rural to urban. Through an analysis of a broad range of verb ... More

Keywords: ideas, beliefs, values, aspirations, waterworks systems, Philadelphia, Boston, Chicago, urban democracy, built environment

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Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226022512
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226022659.001.0001


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