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Metropolitan Corridor: Railroads and the American Scene
An engaging and delightfully illustrated account of the impact of railroads on the American built environment and on American culture from the last decades of the nineteenth century to the 1930's.
Paperback, 398 pages
Published September 10th 1985 by Yale University Press
(first published 1983)
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In John R. Stilgoe’s Metropolitan Corridor: Railroads and the American Scene, Stilgoe uses fiction, photography, advertisements, magazines, trade journals, and other source material to discuss the “metropolitan corridor,” or railroad line landscapes and architecture, from 1880-1935. Stilgoe argues that this is a fourth type of landscape that cannot be labeled as purely rural, urban, or suburban. Overall, Stilgoe shows that the trains and their right-of-ways and adjacent “factory complexes, elect ...more
John Stilgoe is an award-winning historian and photographer who is the Robert and Lois Orchard Professor in the History of Landscape at the Visual and Environmental Studies Department of Harvard University, where he has been teaching since 1977. He is also a fellow of the Society of American Historians. He was featured on a Sixty Minutes episode in 2004 entitled "The Eyes Have It."More about John R. Stilgoe...