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Twentieth-Century Sprawl Highways and the Reshaping of the American Landscape

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ISBN-10: 0195189078

ISBN-13: 9780195189070

Edition: 2005

Authors: Owen D. Gutfreund

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Here, Owen Gutfreund offers a fascinating look at how highways have dramatically transformed American communities nationwide, aiding growth and development in unsettled areas and undermining existing urban centers.Gutfreund uses a "follow the money" approach, showing how government policies subsidized suburban development, ] and fueled a chronic nationwide dependence on cars and roadbuilding, with little regard for expense, efficiency, ecological damage, or social equity. The consequence was a combination of unstoppable suburban sprawl, along with ballooning municipal debt burdens, deteriorating center cities, and profound changes in American society and culture.Gutfreund tells the story…    
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Book details

List price: $24.99
Copyright year: 2005
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/6/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.09" wide x 5.98" long x 0.91" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

Highway Federalism
1881 advertisement for a Pope bicycle
Downtown street at turn of the century, showing widespread bicycle use
Preaching the gospel of Good Roads, 1893
The challenges of early cross-country travel by automobile
National Highway Users Conference, 1941
Highway engineers' rendering of highway bypasses and urban extensions
Federal Appropriations for Highway Aid, 1916-1953
Federal Appropriations for Highway Aid, 1954-1969
Denver Meets the Automobile
Mayor Robert W. Speer, 1904
Cherry Creek, before and after renovation
Denver Tramway strikers, 1920
Denver Tramway strike destroyed trolley, 1920
Sixteenth Street before paving, ca. 1888
Sixteenth Street looking north, with trolleys, horse-drawn traffic, and early automobiles
Congestion on Sixteenth Street, ca. 1936
Busy pedestrian traffic on Sixteenth Street, ca. 1938
The Welcome Arch
The Decentralization of Post-World War II Denver
Ben Stapleton and Quig Newton
Denver Planning Office Cartoons, 1952
Denver-Boulder Turnpike, tollbooth removal
Map of Denver metro area
Denver Population, 1900-1990
Stapleton Airport, before the boom
Aurora, ca. 1950
Stapleton Airport and Aurora, with downtown Denver in distance
Aerial view of Stapleton
Denver International Airport
Cinderella City, Englewood, 1968
Urban renewal demolishes the Cooper Building, 1970
Sixteenth Street after urban renewal, 1979
Automobiles and A Small Town
Bridge over Otter Creek, Middlebury, ca. 1860
Middlebury Population, 1850-2000
Joseph Battell
Marble hitching posts on town green, reserved for horses
Map of major roads converging in Middlebury
Main Street, Middlebury, ca. 1935
Bridges, Bypasses, and Boulevards
Map of Vermont, indicating interstate and arterial highways
Bridge and bypass proposal, 1956
Map of four different bypass proposals
Court Street, before widening
Court Street, after widening, with traffic
Traffic along Main Street, 2002
Traffic backup waiting to enter Middlebury from west, 2002
Autocity: Smyrna, Tennessee
Map of Nashville area, including Smyrna and major highways
Map of Smyrna, including airport, Nissan factory, major roads
Smyrna population, 1880-2000
Smyrna chronology, 1851-1999