The City: The Hope of Democracy

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1905 - Cities and towns - 319 pages

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Page 163 - any county, city, town, or township may make and enforce within its limits all such local, police, sanitary, and other regulations as are not in conflict with general laws.
Page 38 - Any one who is acquainted with the state of the population of all great industrial centres, whether in this or other countries, is aware that amidst a large and increasing body of that population there reigns supreme . . . that condition which the French call la misere, a word for which I do not think there is
Page 200 - the largest part—eighty per cent, at least—of the crimes against property and against the person are perpetrated by individuals who have either lost connections with home life or never had any, or whose homes have ceased to be sufficiently separate, decent, and desirable to afford what are regarded as the ordinary wholesome influences of home and
Page 8 - to swim. If men are to wait for liberty till they become wise and good in slavery, they may indeed wait forever.
Page 35 - thrift and self-reliance are discouraged. The savings of years may be swallowed up in a few months. A fatalistic spirit is developed. Where all is uncertain, and there is not much to lose, reckless over-population is certain to be set at. These effects are not confined to the poorer classes. The business world is equally
Page 198 - High death rates ; a pitiful increase in infant mortality; terrible suffering among little children, scrofula and congenital diseases ; ophthalmia, due to dark, ill-ventilated, overcrowded rooms ; sheer exhaustion and inability to work; encouragement of infectious diseases; reducing physical stamina, and thus producing consumption and diseases arising from general debility, were some of the evils of overcrowding.
Page 39 - plain truth that throughout industrial Europe there is not a single large manufacturing city which is free from a vast mass of people whose condition is exactly
Page 201 - immorality. The attempts to provide better housing for the poor, praiseworthy and deserving of recognition as they are, have as yet produced but a feeble impression upon existing conditions, and are but the bare beginnings of a work which should be enlarged and continued with unflagging vigor and devotion. If we wish to abate the social evil, we must attack it at its sources.
Page 23 - nation. It is an organism capable of conscious and concerted action, responsive, ready, and intelligent. The ease of organization, the responsiveness of the official to his constituents, the comparative inexpensiveness of experimentation, all indicate that the city is to be the arena where the social and political forces that are coming to the fore will play.
Page 39 - described, and from a still greater mass who, living just on the edge of the social swamp, are liable to be precipitated into it.

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