Empire on the Hudson: Entrepreneurial Vision and Political Power at the Port of New York Authority

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April 2001



Revered and reviled in almost equal amounts since its inception, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has been responsible for creating and maintaining much of New York and New Jersey's transportation infrastructure -- the things that make the region work. Doig traces the evolution of the Port Authority from the battles leading to its creation in 1921 through its conflicts with the railroads and its expansion to build bridges and tunnels for motor vehicles. Chronicling the adroit maneuvers that led the Port Authority to take control of the region's airports and seaport operations, build the largest bus terminal in the nation, and construct the World Trade Center, Doig reveals the rise to power of one of the world's largest specialized regional governments.
This definitive history of the Port Authority underscores the role of several key players -- Austin Tobin, the obscure lawyer who became Executive Director and a true "power broker" in the bi-state region, Julius Henry Cohen, general counsel of the Port Authority for its first twenty years, and Othmar H. Ammann, the Swiss engineer responsible for the George Washington Bridge, the Bayonne and Goethels bridges, the Outerbridge Crossing, and the Lincoln Tunnel.
Today, with public works projects stalled by community opposition in almost every village and city, the story of how the Port Authority managed to create an empire on the Hudson offers lessons for citizens and politicians everywhere.


ForewordList of IllustrationsElected and Appointed Officials: Years in OfficePreface: Hopes and Judgments1. A Wilsonian Hybrid: The Powers of Government and the Spirit of CapitalismPART
1. Creating a New Institution2. The Tensions and Opportunities of Federalism: Commercial Conflict in the New York Region3. Designing a New Organization: An Uneasy Marriage of Planning and PoliticsPART
2. Failure and a New Beginning4. Modernizing the Rail System: Competing Strategies for an Expanding Metropolis5. Negotiating with the Railroads: Regional Planning Confronts the Wary Capitalist6. Politics and Engineering Passion: Expanding the Port Authority's Dreams7. A Web of Bridges, Tunnels, and Political IntriguePART
3. Drift and teh Sources of Renewal8. Near Bankruptcy and the Loss of Vision9. Federalism as a Lawyers' Playground10. The Threat to Municipal Bonds as Danger and OpportunityPART
4. Expanding Empire11. To Claim the Skies and Seas12. Breaking an Airline Monopoly13. "A Humdrum Job of Engineering" and More: Creating a Giant Bus Terminal in ManhattanPART
5. Conclusions14. A Regional Empire in American Politics: Local History and its Impact, Leadership Strategies, and Ethical DilemmasEpilogue: Triumps and Travails of an Aging EmpireAcknowledgementsAppendix: The Port Compact of 1921Index


Jameson W. Doig


"This book is remarkable in the depth and scope of its research and in its narrative drive. The book deserves to be widely read, not only by New York historians but by all those interested in the role of government in improving American life."
EAN: 9780231076760
ISBN: 0231076762
Untertitel: Empfohlen ab 22 Jahre. New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2001
Seitenanzahl: 620 Seiten
Format: gebunden
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