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Urban Mass Transit: The Life Story of a Technology (Greenwood Technographies)

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This volume in the Greenwood TechnographieS≪/b> series covers urban mass transit - that is, the technologies that allow cities to move large numbers of people around. Just a few hundred years ago, the size of cities was limited by the time it took people to move from one part of the city to another. The development of successive technologies has forever altered the urban landscape. From horse-drawn omnibuses to subways to current light-rail, this volume highlights the technological and social struggles that have accompanied urbanization and the need for an efficient and cost-effective means of transportation in cities.

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Narrating the "life story" of urban mass transit in the United States, Post (formerly of the National Museum of History and Technology and the National Museum of American History) focuses on streetcars, trolleys, light rail, and similar transport and pays significantly less attention to buses and subways. His primary theme as he explores the mass transit developments in the 20th century concerns the ways public and decision makers evaluated the costs and benefits of various transit choices, both in strictly economic terms and in terms of wider societal concerns, including noise, pollution, and even aesthetics.
Annotation 2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Narrating the "life story" of urban mass transit in the United States, Post (formerly of the National Museum of History and Technology and the National Museum of American History) focuses on streetcars, trolleys, light rail, and similar transport and pays significantly less attention to buses and subways. His primary theme as he explores the mass transit developments in the 20th century concerns the ways public and decision makers evaluated the costs and benefits of various transit choices, both in strictly economic terms and in terms of wider societal concerns, including noise, pollution, and even aesthetics. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The volume includes a timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography of resources useful for further research.

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This volume in the Greenwood Technographies series covers urban mass transit - that is, the technologies that allow cities to move large numbers of people around. Just a few hundred years ago, the size of cities was limited by the time it took people to move from one part of the city to another. The development of successive technologies has forever altered the urban landscape. From horse-drawn omnibuses to subways to current light-rail, this volume highlights the technological and social struggles that have accompanied urbanization and the need for an efficient and cost-effective means of transportation in cities.

Synopsis:

Relates how the technology of urban mass transit and society interact.

About the Author

ROBERT C. POST received his doctorate in American history from the University of California, Los Angeles. From 1974 to 1996 he was employed by the National Museum of History and Technology/Museum of American History. His books include Street Railways and the Growth of Los Angeles (1989) and Technology, Transport, and Travel in American History (2003). For fifteen years he was editor of Technology and Culture, the quarterly journal of the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT). He was SHOT's president in 1997-98 and recipient of its Leonardo Da Vinci Medal in 2001.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780313339165
Author:
Post, Robert C.
Publisher:
Greenwood Press
Author:
Post, Robert
Subject:
History
Subject:
Engineering - General
Subject:
Social aspects
Subject:
Urban transportation
Subject:
Public Transportation
Subject:
General Technology
Subject:
Automotive - General
Subject:
Transportation - General
Series:
Greenwood Technographies
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
200
Dimensions:
9.52x6.42x.77 in. .95 lbs.

Related Subjects

Engineering » Engineering » General Engineering
Engineering » Engineering » History
Reference » Science Reference » Technology
Science and Mathematics » Biology » Evolution
Transportation » Automotive » General

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"Synopsis" by , The volume includes a timeline, a glossary, and a bibliography of resources useful for further research.
"Synopsis" by , This volume in the Greenwood Technographies series covers urban mass transit - that is, the technologies that allow cities to move large numbers of people around. Just a few hundred years ago, the size of cities was limited by the time it took people to move from one part of the city to another. The development of successive technologies has forever altered the urban landscape. From horse-drawn omnibuses to subways to current light-rail, this volume highlights the technological and social struggles that have accompanied urbanization and the need for an efficient and cost-effective means of transportation in cities.
"Synopsis" by , Relates how the technology of urban mass transit and society interact.
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