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Reading list: Municipal services

Struck by the devastating cholera outbreak in Harare, Zimbabwe, and the relationship between the disease and a lack of several services - water, sewage, and trash - I compiled a list of books on the topic of municipal services. Other prompts for this post include a recent sewage spill into a Berkeley tree well and a glowing review of Rose George's book about human waste, "The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters."

  • Garbage Land: On the Secret Trail of Trash - Elizabeth Royte
  • The Sanitary City: Urban Infrastructure in America from Colonial Times to the Present - Martin Melosi
  • Bay Cities and Water Politics - Sarah S. Elkind
  • Creation of Quabbin Reservoir: Death of the Swift River Valley - J. R. Greene
  • The Battle over Hetch Hetchy: America's Most Controversial Dam and the Birth of Modern Environmentalism - Robert W. Righter
  • Liquid Assets: A History of New York City's Water System - Diane Galusha
  • Large Parks - James Corner, Julia Czerniak, and George Hargreaves
  • Inside City Parks - Peter Harnik
  • The Excellent City Park System : What Makes It Great and How to Get There - Peter Harnik
  • City Trees: A Historical Geography from the Renaissance through the Nineteenth Century - Henry W. Lawrence
  • Great Streets - Allan B. Jacobs
  • Robert Moses and the Modern City : The Transformation of New York - Hilary Ballon and Kenneth T. Jackson, editors