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Author McKelvey, Blake, 1903-2000.

Title Snow in the cities : a history of America's urban response / by Blake McKelvey
Published Rochester, N.Y., USA : University of Rochester Press, 1995


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Description xxi, 202 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Contents 1. Snowstorms in Pedestrian Towns -- 2. Sleighbells and Steam Whistles in the Snow -- 3. Storm Warnings, Snow Plows and Blizzards -- 4. From Snow-Plowing to Snow Removal -- 5. Snow-Fighting in Motorized Cities -- 6. Snow-Fighting in a Metropolitan Area -- 7. Urban Snow Problems Widely Shared -- Snowfall in American Cities - map and table
Summary The author also describes the important effects of snow on our society, - not only how it can bring us together and fill us with community spirit, but also how it can point out defects in our community. Snowstorms have highlighted the plight of poor families in need of food and fuel, blizzards have given birth to the National Weather Bureau, and constant heavy barrages of snow, hail, and ice have encouraged the construction of subways, domed arenas, and underground power lines and parking garages. Presenting first-hand experiences of snow in our cities, this book offers a fascinating view of American urban history
This book examines the dilemma of heavy snow in American cities, and the influence of snowstorms on their economic efficiency and growth. Making use of both official records, and private and newspaper accounts from as far back as the Colonial period, the author traces the reactions heavy snows have provoked over the centuries, showing how the cities found increasingly sophisticated ways of coping with the snow. The staggering cost of handling these recurrent onslaughts has led to ever-improved strategies. Annual conferences on snow and its removal have been held in order to pool experiences to find better technological, fiscal, and administrative responses
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Snow removal -- United States -- History.
Snow -- United States -- History.
LC no. 95016010
ISBN 1878822543 (cloth : alk. paper)