Monday, December 20, 2010
Happy 55th, Tappan Zee Bridge
Thanks to my friend and fellow geographer Jeff for sharing this homage to the Governor Malcolm Wilson Tappan Zee Bridge, whose familiar, sweeping approach is a favorite part of our drives from Bridgewater to Baltimore.
Jeff points out just one error in the article:"Piermont Creek" is actually called "Sparkill Creek." More importantly, though, Jeff and I enjoy this writing, which weaves together four centuries of cultural and economic change with the physical geography and human engineering surrounding this iconic bridge.
One reason the article is so meaningful to me is that we have come to know many of the more interesting and beautiful landscapes that surround the Hudson River -- and the river itself -- through our visits with Jeff over the past decade or so. As the Director of Land Use Advocacy for Scenic Hudson, his work exemplifies the contributions that geographers can make. His work on the new publication Revitalizing Hudson Riverfronts is a terrific example of integrated thinking about landscapes, health, and prosperity.