Originally published in 1991, Reform in New York City provides an interpretive synthesis of urban progressivism and provides a comprehensive historical look at progressivism in New York City. The book argues that urban reform still poses a major historiographical challenge to historians working today and that there is limited analysis of the social and political action that characterised turn of the century New York. The book addresses the conceptual approaches, interpretive differences, and thematic emphasis of the urban reform agenda.
1. Urban Progressivism, The New York Setting
Part I: The Nineteenth Century Reform Tradition
2. The Politics of Reform
3. The Battle Against the Slums
4. The Promotion and Regulation of Utilities
Part II: The Arrival of Progressivism
5. Good Government and the Bureau of Municipal Research
6. Health, Housing, and the Tenement House Department
7. Utilities and the Public Service Commission
Part III: The Triumph of Progressivism
8. The Politics of Research
9. The Public Administration of Health, Housing, and Utilities
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