Proposed parks and parkways
- Proposed parks and parkways
In 1876, a group of concerned Bostonians held a public meeting in Faneuil Hall to address the public health issues facing the city: an ever-rising population, widespread illness, a surging death rate, air pollution, and diminishing public space. The solution, they determined, lay in a public park system. This map shows the Boston Park Commissioners’ early vision of a system of connected parks and parkways winding through the city. Two years later, Boston tasked Frederick Law Olmsted with creating such an urban park system; once completed, his “Emerald Necklace” would be the country’s first integrated system of public parks.
- Boston (Mass.). Park Commissioners.
Boston Public Library
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center
- Collection (local):
Norman B. Leventhal Map Center Collection
Exhibited: "Breathing Room: Mapping Boston's Green Spaces" organized by the Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library, 2018.
Printed for Park Department City of Boston.
Distance from downtown Boston shown by cocentric circles.
- 1 map : col. ; 60 x 51 cm.
Scale [ca. 1:26,800].
- Call #:
G3764.B6G52 1876 .B67x
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