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Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architectureby Chester Liebs
Synopses & Reviews
First published in 1985, Chester Liebs' Main Street to Miracle Mile established the twentieth-century roadside landscape as a subject for serious study. Liebs traces the transformation of commercial development as it has moved from centralized main streets, out along the street car lines, to form the "miracle miles" and shopping malls of today. He also explores the evolution of roadside buildings, from supermarkets and motels to automobile showrooms and drive-in theaters. Both an historical survey and invaluable guide for reading highway landscapes, this classic work--which has inspired numerous studies, museum exhibits, and preservation efforts--is now back in print with new commentary by the author.
Book News Annotation:
Traces the transformation of commercial development in the US during the 20th century as it moved from the main streets of city centers out along street car lines and later roads to become commercial strips and suburban shopping malls. Liebs (history, U. of Vermont) describes and illustrates the changing architecture of roadside buildings from supermarkets and motels to automobile showroom and drive-in theaters. First published in 1985 by Little, Brown (Boston).
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Includes bibliographical references (p. 237-249) and index.
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