Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile

Taras Grescoe

Taras Grescoe rides the rails world wide and makes a sublime and impassioned case for the upcoming finish of auto tradition and the arriving transportation revolution

"I am proud to name myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The belief of public transportation in the US is frequently unflattering―a squalid final inn for people with one too many drunk-driving fees, too negative to have the funds for coverage, or too decrepit to get in the back of the wheel of a motor vehicle. certainly, a century of auto-centric tradition and town making plans has left lots of the state with public transportation that's underfunded, in poor health maintained, and in poor health conceived. yet because the call for for petroleum is quick outpacing the world's provide, a revolution in transportation is below approach.

Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangers―the becoming variety of those who depend upon public transportation to move concerning the company in their day-by-day lives. On a trip that takes him round the world―from manhattan to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia―Grescoe profiles public transportation right here and in a foreign country, highlighting the folks and concepts that can aid undo the wear and tear that car-centric making plans has performed to our towns and create handy, cheap, and sustainable city transportation―and larger urban living―for all.

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