j.bloodorangered, January 16, 2013 (view all comments by j.bloodorangered)
For those who enjoy riding subways and trolleys and other forms of mass transit, this book is a treat. Transportation is surely one of the most essential factors in the sense of a place. This book was a pleasure to read. It is a living portrait of what makes a city great.
Holly Wehmeyer, August 4, 2012 (view all comments by Holly Wehmeyer)
An excellent book surveying public transportation in various cities around the world... The United States is so far behind places like Copenhagen, but the author does point out some positive steps that the U.S. has taken. I enjoyed reading about the author's adventures riding buses in South American and trains in Japan. Highly recommend this book if you care about public transportation and wish we could get rid of more of the automobiles. Although, I'm sure the book will be preaching to the choir. I doubt people who hate public transport will give it a chance. Just as I would probably NOT pick up a book called Cars Are Good for the World. :-(
Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
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"Publishers Weekly Review"
by Publishers Weekly,
"Getting there might be half the fun, but it's also a point of serious consideration in the latest from journalist Grescoe (Bottomfeeder: How to Eat Ethically in a World of Vanishing Seafood). Chronicling his voyage around the world to research different transit systems, Grescoe covers cities from Paris to Portland, Ore., examining the ways our means of transport affects how we function as a community. His exploration of the different aspects of train travel abroad — as compared to the U.S. — suggests how transportation tension can be quelled through better service. His illustrations of the benefits of bike travel in Copenhagen and Montreal show how bike riding merges health and environmental perks with emotional benefits. The crucial point is enunciated by a University of Tokyo professor of urban transport: 'The kind of lifestyle you want to have in the future depends on your values, your way, your decisions; whether you are willing to pay more money to support public transport.' While the book raises intriguing points about public transportation reform, it proves one-sided in its argument, and a contrary reader can't help pondering the difficulty of implementing automobile alternatives on a large scale. However, Grescoe presents a strong and timely argument for moving metropolitan motorists away from their cars. Agent: Michelle Tessler, Tessler Literary Agency. (Apr.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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