Productive of Unnecessary Expense

“Productive of unnecessary expense.”  I love the way George Washington phrased it.  So eighteenth century.  It would produce something, it’s just that what it would produce would be unnecessary.  When our first president said these words he was referring to what would happen if in planning the construction of canals, there was an “error in commencement.”  In other, more modern words, poor planning will produce poor results.  In a paper I presented at the New England Historical Association’s Spring Conference, I discuss the error in commencement of the Farmington Canal, the “longest and feeblest” canal of the canal mania period.  Many lessons can be learned by community planners, if they pay attention to economic development efforts of the past…

An Eclectic Collection

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I pursue varied interests in my personal and professional life.  It is hard for me to contain myself to any one topic or even discipline.  First and foremost, I am an historian, The idea of this blog is to discuss the impact of technology on culture and the impact of culture on technology across history… or at least topics tangentially related to those ideas.  This blog will contain posts that are primarily related to history and American culture, particularly those concerning technology.

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