Edges of the City

1919

December 2, 2011
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Jacob Riis, the Mulberry bend: 1890, 1919. Museum of the City of New York, the Jacob A Riis collection (Page, 68)

Tenements of “Lung Block” (named so because of the prevalence of tuberculosis among inhabitants) along the East River, where Knickerbocker village now stands.


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1916

December 2, 2011
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First Comprehensive Zoning Law Passed by the FAA:

1. “This single law forever changed how cities would be built; governmental regulation of development now became a dominate force in shaping the form of the city.” These zoning laws became more of beautification movements, many citizen groups and politicians were concerned about light, air, traffic and aesthetic monstrosities.” (Page, 69)


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