History of the Urban Environment

History of the Urban Environment

The History of the Urban Environment series features books that examine the historical impact of urbanization, showcasing the best scholarship within the field of urban environmental history, and presents issues that matter most to general readers interested in the environment.

Books in the series consider the history of the human-built environment from a broad range of perspectives—geographical, technological, ecological, cultural, and social—in both domestic and international contexts. It presents studies that highlight the environmental challenges faced by specific urban centers, as well as works that combine theoretical and practical approaches to important urban environmental topics.

Acquiring Editor: Amy Sherman

Series Editors

Martin V. MelosiUniversity of Houston

Martin V. Melosi is Cullen Professor Emeritus of History and founding director of the Center for Public History at the University of Houston. He received the Distinguished Research Award and the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Environmental History, the Distinguished Service Award from the Urban History Association, and the Esther Farfel Award from the University of Houston. Melosi is the author or editor of twenty-two books and more than one hundred articles and book chapters. He wrote the award-winning Fresh Kills: Consuming and Discarding in New York City, and more recently, Water in North American Environmental History. From 2000–2001 Melosi held the Fulbright Chair in American Studies at the University of Southern Denmark. He is past president of ASEH, UHA, the National Council on Public History, and the Public Works Historical Society.

Martin V. Melosi

Joel A. TarrCarnegie Mellon University

Joel A. Tarr is Richard S. Caliguiri University Professor Emeritus of History and Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. He is the recipient of the Leonardo da Vinci Medal from the Society for the History of Technology, the Distinguished Service Award from the American Society for Environmental History, and the Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society for Environmental History. He is the author, coauthor, and coeditor of several prize-winning books, including Technology and the Rise of the Networked City in Europe and America, coedited with Gabriel Dupuy; The Search for the Ultimate Sink: Urban Pollution in Historical Perspective; Devastation and Renewal: An Environmental History of Pittsburgh and Its Region; and The Horse in the City: Living Machines in the 19th Century, with coauthor Clay McShane. He has served as president of the Public Works Historical Society and the Urban History Association. He has also served on National Research Council committees dealing with issues of urban infrastructure, public transit, water pollution, and the human dimensions of global change.

Joel A. Tarr