National Geographic : 1918 Jul
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Paul Thompson AN ICE-CREAM PARLOR ON WHEELS With no rent to pay and axle grease in very small quantities required, the ice-cream sandwich man is able to make of his pocket a reservoir for pennies in such quantities that frequently he push-carts his way into the ranks of dairy-lunch owners. pie who have to be shown at every step of the way, fighting against disease dis semination in crowded factories, crowded cars, crowded streets, New York has tri umphed over all its health handicaps. ALWAYS OUTGROWING ITS UTILITIES In every phase of its development New York City is like an adolescent boy who is always outgrowing his clothes; the city fathers are kept on tenter hooks to meet its expansion. Its schools are always overcrowded because, rich as it is, the municipality cannot buy sites and build schools fast enough to keep up with the ever-growing child army. Its transpor tation lines are always choked with pas sengers because one subway cannot be, completed before another is needed. Its bridges and tunnels are always pressed to capacity because the interval between the realization of a new need and the opening of facilities to meet it is long enough in New York's rate of expansion for a succeeding need to be born. Everywhere one hears the roar of dynamite-the growing pains of a great city. Months there are as years else where and years as decades. The ultra modern of yesterday is the commonplace of tomorrow and the obsolescent of a decade hence; for New York adds a Maine - New Hampshire - Vermont pop ulation to its own every ten years, and facilities must -ever march at double-quick to keep pace with such growth. But at last the city has found one place where engineering construction is able to outstrip human expansion and prepare for decades ahead. It has built a water system that will take care of half a cen tury of growth and form a unit in the bigger system that may lie beyond that period.