The regular phenomenon of heavy snowfalls in the North American cities of the `snow belt' has had a marked influence on the communities affected; individuals and city authorities have both sought for ways to cope with the influence of snow storms on daily life. Making use of both official records and private and newspaper accounts from as far back as the Colonial period, the author traces the reactions heavy snows have provoked over the centuries, showing how communities have found increasingly sophisticated ways of dealing with the problems. He shows how the research prompted by the staggering costs have led to improved strategies, and details the moves towards the establishment of annual conferences on snow and its removal to pool experience and to find technological, fiscal and administrative responses to this regularly recurring phenomenon.
BLAKE McKELVEYis former City Historian of Rochester, New York.
Snow in the Cities is filled with interesting titbits and little known facts...McKelvey gives a useful chronicle of the evolution of the technology of snow removal...Snow in the Cities is a delightful book. It's a good read. URBAN HISTORY, Vol 25, #1
First Published: 07 Dec 1995
13 Digit ISBN: 9781878822543
Size: 21.6 x 13.8
Imprint: University of Rochester Press
Subject: Modern History
BIC Class: HBLL
Details updated on 25 May 2013