Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How by Jane Holtz Kay

By Jane Holtz Kay

Asphalt country is a robust exam of the way the auto has ravaged America's towns and panorama during the last a hundred years including a compelling process for reversing our motor vehicle dependency. Jane Holtz Kay offers a background of the quick unfold of the car and records the large subsidies commanded via the road foyer, to the detriment of once-efficient types of mass transportation. Demonstrating that there are monetary, political, architectural, and private ideas to the matter, she indicates that radical switch is completely attainable. This booklet is vital examining for everybody attracted to the heritage of our courting with the automobile, and within the prospect of returning to a global of human mobility.

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And those served-the children in the backseat-are as deprived as those who serve. Transported every which way from childhood through adoles­ cence, young people lose their independence. They fail to expand their horizons, to see new surroundings, or to acquire independence and liberry on their own. The outside world dominated by the road bores, and television or computer games beckon. A study comparing ten-year-olds in a small, walkable Vermont town and youngsters in a new Orange County suburb showed a marked difference.

And those served-the children in the backseat-are as deprived as those who serve. Transported every which way from childhood through adoles­ cence, young people lose their independence. They fail to expand their horizons, to see new surroundings, or to acquire independence and liberry on their own. The outside world dominated by the road bores, and television or computer games beckon. A study comparing ten-year-olds in a small, walkable Vermont town and youngsters in a new Orange County suburb showed a marked difference.

Distance and spatial segrega­ tion-here housing, there stores, elsewhere work-make every trip a separate car trip to a separate place. And inconvenience, mileage, and traffic multiply. M. M. t o do their errands. Crossing Cape Cod's main artery, Route 28, on foot in July can take ten minutes. "This morning at a shopping mall, I spent 20 minutes loo king for a sweater and half an hour looking for my car," writer Ralph Schoen· stein described parking panic in New jersey. " The trying lifestyle that has evolved from the automobile is the truth o f fact and the subject of fic tio n.

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