The American City Volume 1

The American City Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 edition. Excerpt: ...year sufficed to show that under state management the cost was reduced from 30 to 35 per cent according to locality. Of particular interest was the fact that the greater the distance from Boston the greater was the saving made by the Metropolitan Board. This was manifestly due to the relative strength of political influence in appointments. Near Boston the appointees were voters within the city, and hence possessed direct power of return for favors granted, but farther away positions were naturally less attractive to citizens of Boston, and appointments were consequently less political in their character. The subsequent history of certain men not retained by the Metropolitan Board was suggestive of the reason for their holding their places when the water works were under city control. A laborer at $2.75 per day who had previously been a member of the Boston Common Council (Ood save the mark) refused to continue at a fair wage of $2.00 per day for the labor performed and eventually landed a job as an inspector of fire pipes within the city. Most of the men dropped from nearby positions appeared to have been "taken care of" by the city, but it was noticeable that nonresidents--who had no votes in Boston--were longest out of a job. The Oath of Office a Farce Aside from the inefficiency manifest among the day laborers, specific waste occurred through the improper awarding of contracts. The law contemplated that public advertisement should precede the awarding of all contracts above $2,000, but provided that under certain conditions the Mayor might approve the award without such advertisement. Under the corrupt administration of 1906 and 1907 this exception became the rule, and heads of departments were actually instructed by the Mayor to...
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  • Paperback | 74 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 150g
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236594967
  • 9781236594969