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The Merritt Parkway

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The Merritt Parkway, on the National Register of Historic Places, connects Connecticut's Fairfield County with New York State. This work traces its history from proposals and design to completion in 1940, exploring its routeing, its 68 bridges, its art deco style and scandal-filled history.
Hardcover, 135 pages
Published November 24th 1993 by Yale University Press
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Mike
Jul 05, 2012 Mike rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-researched and well-written. Radde an art history prof from CA. Visiting prof at Ct. College, New London, and the U of Hartford.

notes:
Robert Moses influence, NY work. (Caro, the Power Broker)
Graft & insider trading on land acquisitions. Led to prison term.
Cost-cutting designs:
--lack of accel/decel lanes
--pinched bridges
--double-loaded ramps
Dunkleberger bridge facade designs
--good humored character, touch of fantasy, likable, offbeat
Borglum, the scrappy sculpture of Stone Mtn & Mt Ru
...more
Pete
Jul 17, 2012 Pete rated it really liked it
Fantastic book about the Merritt Parkway, started during the depression as a WPA project and finished around 1940. Built with cheap labor but creative building and design techniques, and turned out to be a design and architectural wonder that's on the National Register of Historic Places. A good, enjoyable, quick read.
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