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Fresh Kills a history of consuming and discarding in New York City

Title
Fresh Kills [electronic resource] : a history of consuming and discarding in New York City / Martin V. Melosi.
Author
Melosi, Martin V., 1947-
Publication
New York : Columbia University Press, 2020.

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Description
1 online resource.
Uniform Title
Fresh Kills (Online)
Alternative Title
Fresh Kills (Online)
Subject
  • Sanitary landfill closures > New York
  • Fresh Kills Landfill (New York, N.Y.)
  • Freshkills Park (New York, N.Y.)
Genre/Form
Electronic books.
Bibliography (note)
  • Includes bibliographical references and index.
Access (note)
  • Access restricted to authorized users.
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  • Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed.
Contents
The Dilemma of Consuming -- The Backdrop -- Island City -- Wasting Away -- Staten Island : Borough of Last Resort -- The Quarantine -- Garbage War -- Seeking a Disposal Sink -- Go-Away Society -- One Best Way -- Futile Protests -- Living with and Surviving the Landfill -- The Burning Question -- End of Isolation -- Environmental Turn -- Fiscal Crisis, and Disposal Dilemma -- Fresh Kills at Midlife -- Barge to Nowhere -- A New Plan -- The Road to Closure -- Secession -- Closure -- Now What? -- The Post-Closure Era -- 9/11 -- Regeneration -- Crossroads.
ISBN
9780231548359
LCCN
2019023878
Author
Melosi, Martin V., 1947-
Title
Fresh Kills [electronic resource] : a history of consuming and discarding in New York City / Martin V. Melosi.
Imprint
New York : Columbia University Press, 2020.
Bibliography
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Access
Access restricted to authorized users.
Summary
"Fresh Kills-a monumental 2,200-acre structure on Staten Island-was once the world's largest landfill. From 1948 to 2001, it was the main receptacle for New York City's refuse. After the 9/11 attacks, it reopened briefly to receive human remains and rubble from the destroyed Twin Towers, turning a notorious disposal site into a cemetery. Today, a mammoth reclamation project is transforming the landfill site, constructing an expansive park three times the size of Central Park. Martin V. Melosi provides a comprehensive chronicle of Fresh Kills that offers new insights into the growth and development of New York City and the relationship among consumption, waste, and disposal. He traces the metamorphoses of the landscape, following it from salt marsh to landfill to cemetery and looks ahead to the future park. By centering the problem of solid-waste disposal, Melosi highlights the unwanted consequences of mass consumption. He presents the Fresh Kills space as an embodiment of massive waste, linking consumption to the continuing presence of its discards. Melosi also uses the landfill as a lens for understanding Staten Island's history and its relationship with greater New York City. The first book on the history of the iconic landfill, Fresh Kills unites environmental, political, and cultural history to offer a reflection on material culture, consumer practices, and perceptions of value and worthlessness"-- Provided by publisher.
Note
Description based on print version record and CIP data provided by publisher; resource not viewed.
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Available from home with a valid library card
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Print version: Melosi, Martin V., 1947- Fresh Kills New York : Columbia University Press, 2020. 9780231189484 (DLC) 2019023877
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