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Description - Asphalt Nation by Jane Holtz Kay

An examination of how the automobile has ravaged America's cities and landscape since the end of the 19th century together with a strategy for reversing their automobile dependency. The text provides a history of the rapid spread of the automobile and documents the huge subsidies commanded by the highway lobby, to the detriment of once-efficient forms of mass transportation. Demonstrating that there are economic, political, architectural and personal solutions to the problem, it shows that radical change is entirely possible. The book should be of value to everyone interested in the history of America's relationship with the car, and in the prospect of returning to a world of human mobility.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780520216204
ISBN-10: 0520216202
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 25mm)
Pages: 440
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 1-Oct-1998
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Jane Holtz Kay

Jane Holtz Kay is the architecture and planning critic for The Nation and the author of Lost Boston (1980) and Preserving New England (1986).