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The Living City Project has drawn inspiration from several seminal essays, a wide variety of World Wide Web sources, and a growing corpus of print sources in related fields. Below is a selection of sources in each of these areas, including the full text of several essays reprinted here with permission.

    SELECTED ESSAYS: Rosner | Condran | Blackmar
    LINKOGRAPHY: Related Sites | Digital Collections and Archives
    BIBLIOGRAPHY: Measuring the Impact of Infrastructure on Public Health | History of Public Health |
    Mapping the City | New York City Infrastructure and the Built Environment

Selected Essays


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    Kenneth S. Blanchard, "The Decline of Diarrhea-Related Infant Mortality in San Antonio, Texas, 1935 to 1954: The Role of Sanitation," PhD Dissertation, University of Texas at Austin, 1996.

    Benjamin S. Bradshaw, Kenneth S. Blanchard, George H. Thompson, "Postneonatal Diarrhea Mortality of Mexican American and Anglo American Infants: Trends and Context," Population Research and Policy Review, 16; No. 3 (Jun 1997):225-242.

    Gretchen A. Condran and E. Crimmins-Gardner, "Public Health Measures and Mortality in U.S. Cities in the Late Nineteenth Century," Human Ecology 6;1(March 1978):27-54.

    Gretchen A. Condran, H. Williams, and R.A. Cheney, "A Decline in Mortality in Philadelphia from 1870 to 1930: The Role of Municipal Services," Pennsylvania Magazine of History and Biography 108(April 1984):153-77.

    Gretchen A. Condran, "Declining Mortality in the United States in the Late Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries," Annales de Demographie Historique (1987):119-41.

    Gretchen A. Condran and Rose A. Cheney, "Mortality Trends in Philadelphia: Age- and Cause-Specific Death Rates, 1870-1930," Demography 19(1982):87-123.

    Myron P. Gutmann, W. Parker Frisbie, Peter DeTurk, K. Stephen Blanchard, "Dating the Origins of the Epidemiological Paradox among Mexican Americans," Texas Population Research Center Papers, 1997-1998, Paper No. 97-98-07.

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    Estelle Broadman, "New York City Department of Health, Periodicals and Serials Published, 1866-1939," Special Libraries, XXXI (1940):23-29,59-64.

    John Duffy, The Sanitarians: A History of Public Health in America (Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press, 1990):

    John Duffy, A History of Public Health in New York City: 1866-1966 (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1974).

    Judy Walzer Leavitt, The Healthiest City: Milwaukee and the Politics of Health Reform (Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1892).

    Charles Rosenberg, The Cholera Years: The United States in 1832, 1849, and 1866 (Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press, 1987, c. 1962).

    Charles Rosenberg, "Pietism and Social Action: Some Origins of the American Public Health Movement," in No Other Gods: On Science and American Social Thought (Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976, c. 1961).

    See Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz, Public Health and the State: Changing Views in Massachusetts, 1842-1936 (Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1972). See, in particular, her excellent bibliographic essay on pp. 225-243.

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    Paul E. Cohen and Robert T. Augustyn, Manhattan in Maps, 1527-1995 (New York: Rizzoli, 1997).

    Timothy Gilfoyle, City of Eros: New York City, Prostitution, and the Commercialization of Sex, 1790-1920 (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 1992).

    David C. Hammack, Power and Society: Greater New York at the Turn of the Century (New York: Columbia University Press, 1987).

    Eric Homberger, The Historical Atlas of New York City (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1994).

    Kathy Peiss, Cheap Amusements: Working Women and Leisure in Turn-of-the-Century New York (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1986).

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    Elizabeth Blackmar, Manhattan for Rent, 1785-1850 (Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1989).

    Elizabeth Blackmar, "Accountability for Public Health: Regulating the Housing Market in Nineteenth-Century New York City," in Hives of Sickness: Public Health and Epidemics in New York City (ed.) David Rosner (New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, 1995).

    William Cronon, Nature's Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (New York: W.W. Norton, 1991).

    Joanne Abel Goldman, Building New York's Sewers: Developing Mechanisms of Urban Management (West Lafayette, Indiana: Purdue University Press, 1997).

    Samuel P. Hays, Beauty, Health, and Permanence: Environmental Politics in the United States, 1955-1985 (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1987)

    Samuel P. Hays, Conservation and the Gospel of Efficiency: the Progressive Conservation Movement, 1890-1920 (Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1959).

    Clifton Hood, 722 Miles: The Building of the Subways and How They Transformed New York (New York: Simon and Schuster, 1993).

    Gerard T. Koppel, Water for Gotham: A History (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 2000).

    Tim McNeese, The New York Subway System (San Diego: Lucent Books, 1997).

    Clay McShane, Down the Asphalt Path: The Automobile and the American City (New York: Columbia University Press, 1994).

    Martin Melosi, Garbage in the Cities: Refuse, Reform, and The Environment: 1880-1980 (Chicago, Illinois: The Dorsey Press, 1981).

    Richard Plunz, A History of Housing in New York City: Dwelling Type and Social Change in the American Metropolis (New York: Columbia University Press, 1992).

    Roy Rosenzweig and Elizabeth Blackmar, The Park and the People: a History of Central Park (Ithaca, N.Y.: Cornell University Press, 1992).

    David Rosner, A Once Charitable Enterprise: Hospitals and Health Care in Brooklyn and New York, 1885-1915 (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1987): Chapter on Morningside Heights.

    Joel Tarr, Infrastructure and Urban Growth in the Nineteenth Century (Chicago: Public Works Historical Society, 1985).

    Joel A. Tarr, The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective (Akron, Ohio: University of Akron Press, 1996).