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Street Smart

The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars
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ISBN-13:
9781610395656
Einband:
EPUB
Seiten:
312
Autor:
Samuel I. Schwartz
eBook Typ:
Adobe Digital Editions
eBook Format:
EPUB
Kopierschutz:
Adobe DRM [Hard-DRM]
Sprache:
Englisch
Beschreibung:

With wit and sharp insight, former Traffic Commissioner of New York City, Sam Schwartz a.k.a. Gridlock Sam, one of the most respected transportation engineers in the world and consummate insider in NYC political circles, uncovers how American cities became so beholden to cars and why the current shift away from that trend will forever alter Americas urban landscapes, marking nothing short of a revolution in how we get from place to place.When Sam Schwartz was growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklynhis block belonged to his community: the kids who played punchball and stickball & their parents, whod regularly walk to the local businesses at which they also worked. He didnt realize it then, but Bensonhurst was already more like a museum of a long-forgotten way-of-life than a picture of Americas future. Public transit traveled over and under city streetsNew Yorks first subway line opened in 1904but the streets themselves had been conquered by the internal combustion engine.Americas dependency on the automobile began with the 1908 introduction of Henry Fords car-for-everyone, the Model T. The battle for right-of-way in the 1920s saw the demise of streetcars and transformed Americas streets from a multiuse resource for socializing, commerce, and public mobility into exclusive arteries for private automobiles. The subsequent destruction of urban transit systems and post WWII suburbanization of America enabled by the Interstate Highway System and the GI Bill forever changed the way Americans commuted.But today, for the first time in history, and after a hundred years of steady increase, automobile driving is in decline. Younger Americans increasingly prefer active transportation choices like walking or cycling and taking public transit, ride-shares or taxis. This isnt a consequence of higher gas prices, or even the economic downturn, but rather a collective decision to be a lot less dependent on carsand if American cities want to keep their younger populations, they need to plan accordingly. In Street Smart, Sam Schwartz explains how.In this clear and erudite presentation of the principles of smart transportation and sustainable urban planningfrom the simplest cobblestoned street to the brave new world of driverless cars and trainsSam Schwartz combines rigorous historical scholarship with the personal and entertaining recollections of a man who has spent more than forty years working on planning intelligent transit networks in New York City. Street Smart is a book for everyone who wants to know more about the who, what, when, where, and why of human mobility.
With wit and sharp insight, former Traffic Commissioner of New York City, Sam Schwartz a.k.a. Gridlock Sam, one of the most respected transportation engineers in the world and consummate insider in NYC political circles, uncovers how American cities became so beholden to cars and why the current shift away from that trend will forever alter Americas urban landscapes, marking nothing short of a revolution in how we get from place to place.When Sam Schwartz was growing up in Bensonhurst, Brooklynhis block belonged to his community: the kids who played punchball and stickball & their parents, whod regularly walk to the local businesses at which they also worked. He didnt realize it then, but Bensonhurst was already more like a museum of a long-forgotten way-of-life than a picture of Americas future. Public transit traveled over and under city streetsNew Yorks first subway line opened in 1904but the streets themselves had been conquered by the internal combustion engine.Americas dependency on the automobile began with the 1908 introduction of Henry Fords car-for-everyone, the Model T. The battle for right-of-way in the 1920s saw the demise of streetcars and transformed Americas streets from a multiuse resource for socializing, commerce, and public mobility into exclusive arteries for private automobiles. The subsequent destruction of urban transit systems and post WWII suburbanization of America enabled by the Interstate Highway System and the GI Bill forever changed the way Americans commuted.But today, for the first time in history, and after a hundred years of steady increase, automobile driving is in decline. Younger Americans increasingly prefer active transportation choices like walking or cycling and taking public transit, ride-shares or taxis. This isnt a consequence of higher gas prices, or even the economic downturn, but rather a collective decision to be a lot less dependent on carsand if American cities want to keep their younger populations, they need to plan accordingly. In Street Smart, Sam Schwartz explains how.In this clear and erudite presentation of the principles of smart transportation and sustainable urban planningfrom the simplest cobblestoned street to the brave new world of driverless cars and trainsSam Schwartz combines rigorous historical scholarship with the personal and entertaining recollections of a man who has spent more than forty years working on planning intelligent transit networks in New York City. Street Smart is a book for everyone who wants to know more about the who, what, when, where, and why of human mobility.

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