HIGHWAYS TO NOWHERE: The Politics of City Transportation by Richard Heart

HIGHWAYS TO NOWHERE: The Politics of City Transportation

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Five cities of diverse political and demographic configurations -- Flint, Dayton, Indianapolis, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. -- are case-historied to make the point that America's mania for expressways is fast taking us down the road to transportation disaster. Other less than joking findings include: the growth of suburbia has contributed to the super-road psychology and militates against alternative transport proposals, lack of planning (even planning for planning) is partially responsible for the mess, automobiles ""simply do not belong in cities,"" and only the federal government can solve the problem. Hebert's single idea which has not been around as long as Route 1 -- a ""return to an example set in the classical age of Greece -- the 'city-state' system,"" a new constitutionally mandated political alignment blending municipal, state, and federal authority -- might have merit if it were not for the uneasy feeling that by the time such a reform were implemented the whole nation will be paved. Nowhere is right.

Pub Date: Dec. 21st, 1972
Publisher: Bobbs-Merriil