By Jane Holtz Kay
Asphalt country is a strong exam of the way the car has ravaged America's towns and panorama over the last a hundred years including a compelling procedure for reversing our car dependency. Jane Holtz Kay offers a background of the swift unfold of the auto and files the massive subsidies commanded by means of the road foyer, to the detriment of once-efficient sorts of mass transportation. Demonstrating that there are fiscal, political, architectural, and private strategies to the matter, she indicates that radical swap is totally attainable. This booklet is key interpreting for everybody attracted to the heritage of our dating with the automobile, and within the prospect of returning to an international of human mobility.
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So, of course, is dad, but not by as many multi ples, since women drivers are putting in twice as many miles as the norm. In less than ten years after 1983, women's travel quadrupled. And, by dint of those numbers, their lives became frantic. How to manage the unmanageable may be a woman's issue, but the transportation, the demand, and the management in this new field also apply to men, says Rosenbloom. Rosenbloom's s tudy of why working women drive alone and the implications for travel reduction programs underscored their house· hold chores.
Why can't we step back and see the servant become master? Why have we failed to see the consequences of the car's mischief, its down right malice to community life and aut onomy for many? Media rheo· rist Mark Crispin Miller, in analyzing television, that other so-called t echnologc i al servant, has speculated that the medium is so integral to the ambient culture that we can no longer isolate ourselves to gain a perspective on our pla ce within its landscape. There is just no sur veillance poin t from w hic h to stand aloof and view the impact of television's toll.
Live in car country," a man from Rapid City, Iowa, said ro me. "I need to use my car to buy a bar of soap," he complained. Where has this rush of travel come from? Why are we so sub servient to it? Some of it is d em ograph ics. Census ligures tell us that we have shrunk the size of households, multipl ied the number of them, and added cars for working women. Some of it is car-fed sprawl. We have sent drivers outward to settle their homes and two car garages ever further into the hinterlands.
Asphalt Nation: How the Automobile Took Over America and How We Can Take It Back by Jane Holtz Kay