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The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure

Author: Henry Petroski
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2017. ©2016
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Henry Petroski
ISBN: 1632863626 9781632863621
OCLC Number: 948336222
Description: xi, 322 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Contents: 1. The Road Taken : givens, choices, forks, sighs --
2. The Road Not Taken : words, reports, and grades --
3. Roads : dirt, stone, wood, concrete, asphalt --
4. Diverged : transcontinental journeys and interstate dreams --
5. Yellow : centerlines, stop signs, traffic lights --
6. Could Not Travel : earthquakes, envy, and embarrassments --
7. In the Undergrowth : elevateds, subways, and engineers --
8. Just as Fair : location, location, location --
and financing --
9. Perhaps the Better Claim : iconic, signature, and stunning spans --
10. Because It Was : guardrails, medians, and Jersey barriers --
11. Grassy and Wanted Wear : streets, lawns, speed bumps, potholes --
12. The Passing There : sidewalks, curbs, gutters, horses, pavements --
13. Had Worn Them Really : quality, shoddiness, and survivor bias --
14. About the Same : good enough bridges and bad enough tools --
15. Lay in Leaves : triage, budgets, and choices, again --
16. Trodden Black : corruption, graft, waste, fraud, abuse --
17. For Another Day : trust funds, fuel taxes, and politics --
18. How Way Leads on to Way : economics, wrong turns, and political choices --
19. Ever Come Back : pedestrians, preservationists, parks --
20. Telling This with a Sigh : public-private partnerships : plusses and minuses --
21. Ages and Ages Hence : smart cars and pothole-free roads.
Responsibility: Henry Petroski.

Abstract:

Acclaimed engineer and historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from both historical and contemporary perspectives, explaining how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Petroski reveals the genesis of the many parts of America's highway system--our interstate numbering system, the centerline that divides roads, and such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial to our national and local infrastructure. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling, and Petroski reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in major infrastructure improvement. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity. -- Provided by publisher.

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