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Watching the traffic go by : transportation and isolation in urban America

Author: Paul Mason Fotsch
Publisher: Austin : University of Texas Press, 2007.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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As twentieth-century city planners invested in new transportation systems to deal with urban growth, they ensured that the automobile rather than mass transit would dominate transportation. Combining an exploration of planning documents, sociological studies, and popular culture, Fotsch shows how our urban infrastructure developed and how it has shaped American culture ever since. Fotsch emphasizes the narratives  Read more...
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Fotsch, Paul Mason, 1965-
Watching the traffic go by.
Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Press ; [Chesham : Combined Academic, distributor], ©2007
(OCoLC)608386106
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Mason Fotsch
ISBN: 9780292714250 0292714254 9780292714267 0292714262
OCLC Number: 66392522
Awards: Winner of Jane Jacobs Urban Communication Publication Award, Urban Communication Foundation 2007 (United States)
Description: xi, 240 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Acknowledgments --
Introduction : Stabilizing mobility --
pt. 1. Transportation as antidote to modern city --
ch. 1. The trolley, the automobile, and autonomy --
ch. 2. Townless highways and highwayless towns --
pt. 2. German critical theory meets America cartopia --
ch. 3. The building of a superhighway future at the New York World's Fair --
ch. 4. Film noir and the hidden violence of transportation in Los Angeles --
pt. 3. The public's fears of urban gridlock --
ch. 5. Stories of the MTA : contesting meanings of subway space --
ch. 6. Urban freeway stories : racial politics and the armored automobile --
Epilogue --
Notes --
Works cited --
Index.
Responsibility: Paul Mason Fotsch.
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