In the late 19th century, as America’s teeming cities grew increasingly congested, the time had come to replace the nostalgic horse-drawn trolleys with a faster, cleaner, safer, and more efficient form of transportation. Ultimately, it was Boston — a city of so many firsts — that overcame a litany of engineering challenges, the greed-driven interests of businessmen, and the great fears of its citizenry to construct America’s first subway. Based in part on Doug Most’s acclaimed non-fiction book of the same name, The Race Underground tells the dramatic story of an invention that changed the lives of millions.
As much as people curse it and rely on it, they probably never spend much time pondering the origins of the MBTA. For them Michael Rossi’s “The Race Underground,” based on Doug Most’s book “The Race Underground: Boston, New York, and the Incredible Rivalry That Built America’s First Subway,” should prove engrossing, eye-opening, and provocative. Though the documentary’s style is conventional Ken Burns, the content is all too timely for a country facing the need for urgent infrastructure repair and renovation. After seeing it, chances are you’ll never look at Park Street Station the same way again.
BostonUrbEx wrote:Well, I was unable to watch it as it was premiering. Anywhere I can watch it now?
johnpbarlow wrote:BostonUrbEx wrote:Well, I was unable to watch it as it was premiering. Anywhere I can watch it now?
Should be able to watch it on line: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365945692/
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