Straphanger Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

ISBN-10: 0805091734
ISBN-13: 9780805091731
Edition: 2012
Authors: Taras Grescoe
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Description: Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution"I am proud to call myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of  More...

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Book details

List price: $25.00
Copyright year: 2012
Publisher: Henry Holt & Company
Publication date: 4/24/2012
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 1.210
Language: English

Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution"I am proud to call myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of public transportation in America is often unflattering—a squalid last resort for those with one too many drunk-driving charges, too poor to afford insurance, or too decrepit to get behind the wheel of a car. Indeed, a century of auto-centric culture and city planning has left most of the country with public transportation that is underfunded, ill maintained, and ill conceived. But as the demand for petroleum is fast outpacing the world's supply, a revolution in transportation is under way.Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangers—the growing number of people who rely on public transportation to go about the business of their daily lives. On a journey that takes him around the world—from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia—Grescoe profiles public transportation here and abroad, highlighting the people and ideas that may help undo the damage that car-centric planning has done to our cities and create convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation—and better city living—for all.

Prologue
Shanghai, China
Introduction
Confessions of a Straphanger
The Subway that Time Forgot
New York, New York
Only Connect
Los Angeles, California
The Highway to Hell
Phoenix, Arizona
The Salvation of Paris
Paris, France
The Copenhagen Syndrome
Copenhagen, Denmark
Fools and Roads
Moscow, Russia
City of Trains
Tokyo, Japan
The Revenge of the Loser Cruiser
Bogot�, Colombia
Good Bones
Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British Columbia
The Next Great City
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Conclusion
Montreal, Quebec
Sources
Further Reading
Acknowledgments
Index

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