Making Industrial Pittsburgh Modern

Environment, Landscape, Transportation, and Planning

In order to nurture and build a competitive, successful modern city and region in which vital industries could thrive, civic leaders had to struggle with a complex topography, extractive energy resources, mass transportation demands, and the limitations of laissez faire capitalism. When the deleterious effects of massive industrialization threatened civic life and thereby economic success, civic leaders, and institutions searched for ways to mitigate the problems but also preserve private prerogatives. Although historians have frequently addressed the politics, private-public relationships and the social inequalities of labor, immigrants, race and gender, we focus on the needs of city-building, similarly attempting to balance economic imperatives and civic life.

464 Pages, 6 x 9 in.

September, 2019

isbn : 9780822945697