Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars

Street Smart: The Rise of Cities and the Fall of Cars


On a Saturday morning in December 1973, a bit of latest York’s West part road collapsed lower than the burden of a truck choked with asphalt. the line used to be closed, probably for solid, and the 80,000 autos that traveled it every day needed to discover a new option to their locations. It should have produced site visitors chaos, however it didn’t. The vehicles easily vanished. It used to be a second of revelation: the road had precipitated the call for for vehicle shuttle. It used to be a vintage case of “build it and they're going to come,” yet for the 1st time the other have been proven to be real: knock it down and they're going to depart. Samuel I. Schwartz was once encouraged via the lesson. He began to reimagine towns, so much of all his liked ny, free of their legal responsibility to autos. finally, he came across, he was once no longer alone.

Since the flip of the twenty-first century, a surreptitious revolution has taken position: each year american citizens are riding fewer miles. And the iteration named for this new century—the Millennials—are using least of all. now not simply because they can’t come up with the money for to; they don’t are looking to. they've got larger principles for the way to exploit their streets. An city transformation is underway, and clever streets are on the middle of it. they're going to increase estate costs and private health, roll again years of congestion and smog, and supply a transformative event of yank city existence. From San Francisco to Salt Lake, Charleston to Houston, the yank urban is changing into a greater and higher position to be. Schwartz’s Street Smart is a blinding and affectionate historical past of the fight for keep watch over of yankee towns, and an inspiring off-road map to a extra bright, energetic, and lively city future.

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