American Departmental Ways.

Issue 10 and Volume 1892 12.

American Departmental Ways. It is curious, says The American Architect, that architects and builders suffer more than anyone else from the ridiculous system under which our towns are governed : yet the patience which the trials of building tend to cultivate is so profound that it is rare to hear any complaint from one of the building fraternity. Under the present system, anyone who desires to add to the taxable property of a city has, so to speak, to storm in detail half the entrenchments by which the town government has defended itself against such attempts. His first tussle, that with the inspector of building, is a short and easy one in comparison with those that follow it. After his plans have been passed and his permit issued, he is obliged to apply to the city engineer for the grades. Nothing can be learned as to the established grade from…

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