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Modern methods of street cleaning (1909) by George Albert Soper (with illustrations)

Modern methods of street cleaning (1909) by George Albert Soper (with illustrations)

Modern methods of street cleaning

The increasing interest taken in the matter of clean streets and the absence of any treatise which may serve as a guide to the right principles and practices in this branch of sanitation has tempted me to bring together some of my notes on this subject. These notes are based not only on my own experience, although I have been called upon to clean cities under peculiarly difficult circumstances, but more particularly upon studies which I made during a three months' visit to Europe in 1907, partly for an advisory commission on street cleaning for New York appointed by Mayor McClellan. While in Europe opportunities were afforded me to discuss the question of clean streets with many officials and I took part in the deliberations of the committee on street hygiene of the International Congress for Hygiene and Demography which met in Berlin.

Much of the statistical information contained in these pages has been kindly supplied by officials with whom I have come in contact, and to whom I am indebted for many favors. About twenty large cities were seen, including London, Paris, and Berlin. I had already visited most of these cities, once eight years before and once earlier.

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