A Plan of the City of Hartford: Preliminary Report
Hartford Press, 1912. Softcover. Brown paper wraps, 117 pp., BW illus., multiple fold-outs. G- (Front cover has torn away from rest of book neatly along spine & is present; it and a few opening pages have tears along top edge; page margins are tanning or foxing slightly; last two pages have watermarks; text and illus. and maps are clean.). Item #151801
Subtitle: "in relation to the recitifcation of the present plan and the development and extension of the city of Hartford on comprehensive lines of order and harmony with recommendations." "The Hartford of 1910 was widely recognized as a city of fine public spirit, civic pride and external attractiveness. It was a city of beautiful homes, charming avenues and streets, notable banks and insurance institutions, large and prosperous manufacturing establishments and commercial organizations, -- a city justly proud of its heritage, with a people intelligent, energetic, skillful and contented. But Hartford was beginning to feel that if it was to maintain its prestige among American cities of its class, it must not indulge in self-complacency. It must keep alert and abreast with the times. Everything must be done to make the Greater Hartford of the future not only a more healthful city to live in, but also a more attractive place to work in. It was coming to be recognized that while sanitary measures, which directly or indirectly affect the health and happiness of the people, should be given first consideration, those which tend to beautify and add to their comfort and convenience should not be overlooked. The people were gradually coming to realize that however competent and experienced her city officials might be, there was great need of an intelligent, comprehensive City Plan, as a guide to future development and improvements. And this plan must be based upon a thorough, exhaustive study of the city by a skilled, experienced, and disinterested outside expert." (foreword) So the city hired the New York firm of Carrere and Hastings, and here is the resulting expert and detailed report. Alas, it was the last such work performed by John Merven Carrere: he died from injuries sustained in a taxicab accident shortly afterward. Includes illustrations and fold-out maps.