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Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back By Jane Holtz Kay,

  • Title: Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back
  • Author: Jane Holtz Kay
  • ISBN: 9780520216204
  • Page: 471
  • Format: Paperback
  • Asphalt Nation is a powerful examination of how the automobile has ravaged America s cities and landscape over the past 100 years together with a compelling strategy for reversing our automobile dependency Jane Holtz Kay provides a history of the rapid spread of the automobile and documents the huge subsidies commanded by the highway lobby, to the detriment of once efficiAsphalt Nation is a powerful examination of how the automobile has ravaged America s cities and landscape over the past 100 years together with a compelling strategy for reversing our automobile dependency Jane Holtz Kay provides a history of the rapid spread of the automobile and documents the huge subsidies commanded by the highway lobby, to the detriment of once efficient forms of mass transportation Demonstrating that there are economic, political, architectural, and personal solutions to the problem, she shows that radical change is entirely possible This book is essential reading for everyone interested in the history of our relationship with the car, and in the prospect of returning to a world of human mobility.
    Asphalt Nation How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back Asphalt Nation is a powerful examination of how the automobile has ravaged America s cities and landscape over the past years together with a compelling strategy for reversing our automobile depen

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    1. I read this book when I was a naive urban planning grad student so, of course, I LOVED IT Now I think it s slightly propaganda ish, but it s still a damn good book and anyone that thinks the world is way too auto oriented will appreciate this Lots of fun facts and a pleasure to read.

    2. I started this book enthusiastically but soon lost steam It s split into three sections The first diagnoses the problem, the second gives the history behind it, the third offers solutions It seems like Holtz Kay gives EVERY example she possibly can The book could have been half its size That said, it s a huge and fascinating topic the car driven pun society in which we live and how that is killing our economy, sense of community, environment, mass transit, beautiful architecture, and is helping [...]

    3. Although this book is over 15 years old now, much of it is still relevant Boston s Big Dig is over, some of the trails, train lines, bikepaths, and Interstates have been widened or lengthened But the way that many people approach autos has shifted only slightly and only in certain parts of the country The US is still auto centric, hard on public transportation country still happy to call road costs worthwhile and a train subsidy wasteful spending even when the money is coming from the same place [...]

    4. This book has an interesting premise, but not enough of one to take up a whole book It felt like the author was beating a dead horse most of the time, and each of the chapters should have been condensed down to one page Add to that her tendency to use 5 words when 5 cent ones would have done just as well and possibly better , and you get a very tedious read The return on investment information received for time spent was so low that I would not recommend this book.

    5. he United States is in ways a nation without a history Relatively young, it came of age in the early industrial period, where access to profoundly powerful technologies shaped its growth in a way not seen in Europe or Asia, where new influences worked against what was already there This is most obviously seen in a comparison of dense, almost compact European cities, and their American counterparts, which sprawl out for mile after dreary mile and with some exceptions for cities which date to the [...]

    6. I would actually love to give this book a 3 1 2 It was really interesting Just reading the description makes you think twice about how much time you spend driving Ugh I have this issue with wasting time and so I hate to think about all the time I could be doing something useful than adding to the environmental pollutants Jane Holtz Kay has a great writing style so instead of just facts, and or just biased information she adds some great information mixed in with humorous stories For a class tex [...]

    7. This book uncovers the ugly side of car culture Harmful environmental effects, destruction of walkable and bike friendly communities, high taxes required to maintain the enormous roadway infrastructure, fossil fuel depletion, thwarting of viable mass transit alternatives, urban sprawl, injuries and deaths in collisions, etc It is well written and researched Car culture is deeply entrenched in the U.S but Kay offers useful suggestions for beginning the difficult task of undoing it.

    8. I have not finished this yet because the writing leaves a lot to be desired I still want to read it, though, to get to the parts about how we can take back America.So I finished it and was not impressed Taking back America had only a point or two of new thoughts most of the suggestions seem like common sense However, I think there is some good knowledge to use when composing remarks to political leaders.

    9. America is paying an extremely heavy price today for the all pervasiveness of a runaway carculture that erupted just a hundred years ago.Real change to create a better, sustainable way of living and better quality of life HAS TO INCLUDE the TRANSFORMATION of this century aged behemoth on wheels

    10. If you think that a best possible world is possible, you must read this book I think Americans take cars for granted in much the same way that humans took, say, the horse, for granted for thousands of years Which is scary, because humans didn t invent the horse.If you re going to read this book, read Erewhon, by Samuel Butler, as well.

    11. This another call to blind americans to open their eyes The book is a bit longer than it needs to be but the message is important The last 100 years of American history have been one colossal mistake Start walking and bicycling Cars are bad Bad for you and bad for the planet.

    12. I don t agree with all of the means but I long for the goal.I think the book would have of a punch if it was shortened.Quite ironic that I read a good portion of the book while on a 7700 mile drive.

    13. This book can be a bit boring at times, but the information is quite interesting I believe it goes a long way to explaining just why Oakland is such a crap hole.

    14. The writing was poor, but the content was valuable The topic of our nation s dependency on the personal automobile is rarely touched upon.

    15. An exhaustively thorough litany of qualms against the autonomous internal combustion vehicle and its impact on America Could have used some editing.

    16. Interesting history of the building of the roads and transportation that we have in the country today She decried the demise of mass transit for the use of the car.

    17. This book is history of how the US became an automobile dependent culture but she insinuates that automobile and oil companies gave people no choice in the matter, which is up for debate.

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