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Asphalt Nation is a powerful examination of how the automobile has ravaged America's cities and landscape over the past 100 years together with a compelling strategy for reversing our automobile dependency. Jane Holtz Kay 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, she shows that radical change is entirely possible. This book 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.

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"Asphalt Nation largely succeeds in proving that it is possible to get where we are going without destroying where we live.... A well-written, even dramatic, volume that may persuade many readers to hop onto the bandwagon." Kenneth T. Jackson, New York Times Book Review

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"Asphalt Nation concludes with a fervent plea for zoning-enforced density, subsidized mass transit, a moratorium on road-building, and higher gas and other car-related taxes to restore pedestrian life to our inner cities." Ned Cramer, Architecture

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"Jane Holtz Kay's book has given us a profound way of seeing the automobile's ruinous impact on American life. Asphalt Nation is terrific."and#151;Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities

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

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Oemissions, November 25, 2008 (view all comments by Oemissions)
Why did it take so long for someone to point this out.? This should be required reading for every politician at all levels of government.
I am reminded of the story of the Emperors clothes.
Why are we in such denial about our use and overuse of the automobile.
Why do we put up with all the noise, stress and stench?
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780520216204
Author:
Kay, Jane Holtz
Publisher:
University of California Press
Location:
Berkeley :
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Automobiles
Subject:
United states
Subject:
United States - General
Subject:
Environmental Science
Subject:
Sociology - Urban
Subject:
Sociology, Urban -- United States.
Subject:
City and town life -- United States.
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
US History-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19981031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
23 black-and-white photos.
Pages:
440
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 20 oz

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Product details 440 pages University of California Press - English 9780520216204 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Asphalt Nation largely succeeds in proving that it is possible to get where we are going without destroying where we live.... A well-written, even dramatic, volume that may persuade many readers to hop onto the bandwagon."
"Review" by , "Asphalt Nation concludes with a fervent plea for zoning-enforced density, subsidized mass transit, a moratorium on road-building, and higher gas and other car-related taxes to restore pedestrian life to our inner cities."
"Synopsis" by ,
"Jane Holtz Kay's book has given us a profound way of seeing the automobile's ruinous impact on American life. Asphalt Nation is terrific."and#151;Jane Jacobs, author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities
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