Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (Inside Technology)

Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City (Inside Technology)

Peter D. Norton


Before the appearance of the car, clients of urban streets have been various and incorporated teenagers at play and pedestrians at huge. through 1930, such a lot streets have been essentially a motor thoroughfares the place teenagers didn't belong and the place pedestrians have been condemned as "jaywalkers." In Fighting Traffic, Peter Norton argues that to deal with autos, the yankee urban required not just a actual swap but in addition a social one: earlier than town may be reconstructed for the sake of motorists, its streets needed to be socially reconstructed as locations the place motorists belonged. It used to be no longer an evolution, he writes, yet a bloody and occasionally violent revolution. Norton describes how road clients struggled to outline and redefine what streets have been for. He examines advancements within the the most important transitional years from the 1910s to the Nineteen Thirties, uncovering a huge anti-automobile crusade that reviled motorists as "road hogs" or "speed demons" and vehicles as "juggernauts" or "death cars." He considers the views of all users--pedestrians, police (who needed to turn into "traffic cops"), road railways, downtown companies, site visitors engineers (who frequently observed automobiles because the challenge, now not the solution), and motor vehicle promoters. He reveals that pedestrians and oldsters campaigned in ethical phrases, scuffling with for "justice." towns and downtown companies attempted to control site visitors within the identify of "efficiency." automobile curiosity teams, in the meantime, legitimized their declare to the streets by means of invoking "freedom" -- a rhetorical stance of specific strength within the usa. Fighting Traffic deals a brand new examine either the origins of the automobile urban in the USA and the way social teams form technological change.

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