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“The Olmsted City”: Heritage Landscapes and Civic Identity in Twentieth-Century Buffalo

Stewart Weaver

in Buffalo at the Crossroads: The Past, Present, and Future of American Urbanism

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9781501749766
eISBN:
9781501749797
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9781501749766.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

This chapter talks about the Niagara Section of the New York State Thruway, which hurtles thoughtlessly through the sprawling geography of nowhere. It refers to Frederick Law Olmsted's Humboldt ... More


Chasing Dirt: The American Pursuit of Cleanliness

Suellen Hoy

Published in print:
1997
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195111286
eISBN:
9780199854011
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195111286.001.0001
Subject:
History, Cultural History

Americans in the early 19th century were, as one foreign traveler bluntly put it, “filthy, bordering on the beastly.” Yet gradually this changed, and today Americans are known for their obsession ... More


A Rural Retreat in the Gridded City

Daniel S. Levy

in Manhattan Phoenix: The Great Fire of 1835 and the Emergence of Modern New York

Published in print:
2022
Published Online:
February 2022
ISBN:
9780195382372
eISBN:
9780197624791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780195382372.003.0019
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes the development of Central Park. In 1857, Frederick Law Olmsted was hired as the park’s new superintendent. He explored the land and organized the workers, and his efforts ... More


The Park Movement Picturesque rus in urb

John Evelev

in Picturesque Literature and the Transformation of the American Landscape, 1835-1874

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
May 2021
ISBN:
9780192894557
eISBN:
9780191915499
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780192894557.003.0004
Subject:
Literature, American, 20th Century Literature

In the mid-nineteenth century, the urban bourgeoisie sought to respond to challenges of city life through the creation of public urban parks in a wide-scale project that has been termed the “park ... More


The Infrastructure of Health

Thomas Fisher

in Designing Our Way to a Better World

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9780816698875
eISBN:
9781452954264
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816698875.003.0010
Subject:
Art, Design

The chapter recounts the early history of the American public health movement, which arose in the wake of urban infrastructure design failures. Noted landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted led the ... More


Genesis of an Idea

John Scott Watson

in Prairie Crossing: Creating an American Conservation Community

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039867
eISBN:
9780252097973
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039867.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Social Movements and Social Change

This chapter examines the intellectual seeds that led to the idea of the Prairie Crossing. It first describes the nature of the Prairie Crossing land before it was transformed by the industrial and ... More


City Beautiful

David E. Nye

in American Illuminations: Urban Lighting, 1800-1920

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780262037419
eISBN:
9780262344784
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262037419.003.0008
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Expositions in St. Louis and San Francisco and the 1909 Hudson-Fulton Celebration were brilliantly coordinated electric landscapes. Urban planners such Frederick Law Olmsted and Charles Mulford ... More


The Cultural Landscape

Ken Nicolson

in Landscapes Lost and Found: Appreciating Hong Kong's Heritage Cultural Landscapes

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9789622093393
eISBN:
9789888313822
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Hong Kong University Press
DOI:
10.5790/hongkong/9789622093393.003.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

Cultural landscapes are the combined works of man and nature and it is only by studying this dynamic interaction that the essence of the resulting cultural landscapes can be fully appreciated and ... More


Introduction: The Most Documented Region

Scott L. Matthews

in Capturing the South: Imagining America's Most Documented Region

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9781469646459
eISBN:
9781469646473
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469646459.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 20th Century

The introduction explores why the South became known as America’s “most documented” region beginning in the 1940s and into the twenty-first century. It argues that documentarians saw the region as a ... More


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