Authors

Chester Smolski

Document Type

Article

Themes

Urban Development; City Planning

Comments

Community Interests Can Override Locals.

Abstract

"The problem of fire was very real to the early settlers of this country. For this reason, in 1626, it was decreed that thatched roofs on houses no longer would be allowed in the Plymouth Colony. Early New York, in 1648, stipulated that wooden chimenys no longer could be built on houses. These were early attempts at control over individuals by the community, in this case, for fire protection.