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Main Title Asphalt nation : how the automobile took over America, and how we can take it back /
Author Kay, Jane Holtz.
Publisher Crown Publishers,
Year Published 1997
OCLC Number 36252806
ISBN 0517587025; 9780517587027
Subjects Automobiles--Social aspects--United States. ; City and town life--United States. ; Sociology, Urban--United States. ; Kraftwagen ; Verkehrspolitik ; USA
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EHAM  HE5623.K36 1997 Region 1 Library/Boston,MA 09/10/1999
ERAM  HE5623.K36 1997 Region 9 Library/San Francisco,CA 08/30/1997
Edition 1st ed.
Collation xii, 418 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 393-403) and index.
Contents Notes
The Late Motor Age: A Defining Decade -- pt. I. Car Glut: A Nation in Lifelock. 1. Bumper to Bumper. 2. The Geography of Inequity. 3. The Landscape of the Exit Ramp. 4. The Road to Environmental Ruin. 5. Harm to Health and Breath. 6. The Cost of the Car Culture -- pt. II. Car Tracks: The Machine That Made the Land. 7. Model T, Model City. 8. From Front Porch to Front Seat. 9. Driving Through the Depression. 10. The Asphalt Exodus. 11. Braking the Juggernaut. 12. The Three-Car Culture -- pt. III. Car Free: From Dead End to Exit. 13. None for the Road. 14. Zoning for Life. 15. Putting Transit on Track. 16. The Centering of America. 17. The De-Paving of America. 18. Righting the Price. Today our world revolves around the car - as a nation, we spend eight billion hours a year stuck in traffic. In Asphalt Nation, Jane Holtz Kay effectively calls for a revolution to reverse our automobile-dependency. Citing successful efforts in places from Portland, Maine, to Portland, Oregon, Kay shows us that radical change is not impossible by any means. She demonstrates that there are economic, political, architectural, and personal solutions that can steer us out of. The mess. Asphalt Nation is essential reading for everyone interested in the history of our relationship with the car, and in the prospect of returning to a world of human mobility.