Saving Central Park: a history and a memoir

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Alfred A. Knopf,
Pub. Date:
2018.
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First edition.
Language:
English
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The story of how one woman's long love affair with New York's Central Park led her to organize its rescue from a state of serious decline, returning it to the beautiful place of recreational opportunity and spiritual sustenance that it is today. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers opens with a quick survey of her early life--a middle-class upbringing in Texas; college at Wellesley, marriage, a master's degree in city planning at Yale. And then her move to New York, where she starts a family and, when she finds being a mother and a housewife is not enough, pours herself into the protection and enhancement of the city's green spaces. Interwoven into her own story is a comprehensive history of Central Park: its design and construction as a scenic masterpiece; the alterations of each succeeding era; the addition of numerous facilities for sports and play; and finally, the "anything goes" phase of the 1960s and 70s, which was often fun but nearly destroyed the park. The two narratives continue to entwine as she finds a job in the administration of Central Park, founds the Central Park Conservancy, and transforms both the park and herself--a transformation that has led to the writing of her many books, to travels that have taken her to parks and gardens around the world, and to solidifying the prestige of one of New York's most conspicuous landmarks.
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display_description "The story of how one woman's long love affair with New York's Central Park led her to a job in which she was able to organize the rescue of the park from its serious decline in the 1970s, returning it to the beautiful place of recreational opportunity and spiritual sustenance it is today. Elizabeth Barlow Rogers opens with a quick survey of her early life--a middle-class upbringing in Texas; college at Wellesley, marriage, a degree in City Planning at Yale. And then her move to New York where she has children and, when she finds being a mother and a housewife is not enough, pours herself into the protection and enhancement of the city's green spaces. Interwoven into her own story is a comprehensive history of Central Park: its design and construction as a scenic masterpiece; the alterations of each succeeding era; the addition of numerous facilities for sports and play; and finally the "anything goes phase" of the 1960s and '70s, which was often fun but almost destroyed the park. The two narratives continue to entwine as she finds a job in the administration of Central Park, founds the Central Park Conservancy, and transforms both the park and herself--a transformation that has led to her many books, to travels that have taken her to parks and gardens around the world, and has solidified the prestige of New York's most conspicuous landmark."--Provided by publisher.
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subject_facet Autobiographies, Central Park (New York, N.Y) -- History, Central Park (New York, N.Y.) -- History, Central Park Conservancy (New York, N.Y.) -- Biography, Central Park Conservancy (New York, N.Y.) -- History, Conservationists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography, Landscape architects -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography, New York (N.Y.). -- Department of Parks and Recreation -- Officials and employees -- Biography, Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow, -- 1936-, Women conservationists -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography, Women landscape architects -- New York (State) -- New York -- Biography
title_display Saving Central Park : a history and a memoir
title_full Saving Central Park : a history and a memoir / Elizabeth Barlow Rogers
title_short Saving Central Park :
title_sub a history and a memoir
topic_facet Conservationists, History, Landscape architects, Officials and employees, Rogers, Elizabeth Barlow, Women conservationists, Women landscape architects