Summary: When it first opened on October 27, 1904, the New York City subway ran twenty-two miles from City Hall to 145th Street and Lenox Avenue--the longest stretch ever built at one time. From that initial route through the completion of the IND or Independent Subway line in the 1940s, the subway grew to cover 722 miles--long enough to reach from New York to Chicago. In this definitive history, Clifton Hood traces the complex and fascinating story of the New York City subwa
y system, one of the urban engineering marvels of the twentieth century. For the subway's centennial the author supplies a new foreward explaining that now, after a century, "we can see more clearly than ever that this rapid transit system is among the twentieth century's greatest urban achievements."
Summary: When it first opened on October 27, 1904, the New York City subway ran twenty-two miles from City Hall to 145th Street and Lenox Avenue--the longest stretch ever built at one time. From that initial route through the completion of the IND or Independent Subway line in the 1940s, the subway grew to cover 722 miles--long enough to reach from New York to Chicago. In this definitive history, Clifton Hood traces the complex and fascinating story of the New York City subway system, one of the urban engineering marvels of the twentieth century. For the subway's centennial the author supplies a new foreward explaining that now, after a century, "we can see more clearly than ever that this rapid transit system is among the twentieth century's greatest urban achievements." ...show less
Edition/Copyright:04 Cover: Publisher:Johns Hopkins University Press Year Published: 2004 International: No
"Clifton Hood's 722 Miles is the fullest and most authoritative account of the building and impact of the New York City subways, the most extensive system of urban transportation in the United States and perhaps the world."
--Nathan Glazer, Harvard University
"A clear, perceptive and carefully researched study of this engineering feat and the ways in which the subway led to an expansion of the metropolitan area."
"One of the best urban-transportation histories to come down the tracks in a long time . . . In this age, when privatization is widely hailed as a cure for all that ails public life, Hood's book provides some useful perspective."
''A fascinating story . . . Hood's extensively researched and highly readable book . . . conveys the enormity of the project in terms of size, technical challenges faced, and personal tragedies incurred . . . A fine urban transportation history.''
''An eminently readable book . . . Describes how the subway attempted to meet the enormous need to move urban residents far faster than any existing form of mass transit (primarily the elevated railway and the streetcar) and disperse the growing population into unsettled areas at the fringe of the city.''
Johns Hopkins University Press Web Site, January, 2006
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