City Limits: Infrastructure, Inequality, and the Future of America's Highways


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Crown Publishing Group (NY)
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6.14 X 9.29 X 1.42 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

Megan Kimble is an investigative journalist and the author of Unprocessed. A former executive editor at The Texas Observer, Kimble has written about housing, transportation, and urban development for The New York Times, Texas Monthly, The Guardian, and Bloomberg CityLab. She lives in Austin, Texas.


"Immersive . . . By seamlessly combining an expansive history of urban anti-highway organizing with an intriguing up-close look at present-day Texas politics, Kimble delivers an invigorating window onto American grassroots activism."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"If your commute is a nightmare, or if you have had enough of the asphalt jungle that many America cities have become, read this book. It's an urgent dispatch from the front lines of the fight to reclaim cities from cars and highways and their legacy of racism, injustice, and climate change. City Limits is not just a compelling read--it's a road map to a better world."--Jeff Goodell, New York Times bestselling author of The Heat Will Kill You First

"As dams are to living salmon streams, highways are to living cities. Nothing could be more heartening than the growing movement--powerfully chronicled in City Limits--to move past this sad stage in our country's development, and on to something new and old that works for people, not cars."--Bill McKibben, author of The End of Nature

"Megan Kimble turns the history of highway construction into something much larger: a treatise on power and possibility. City Limits proves that the world can change faster than we think."--P. E. Moskowitz, author of How to Kill a City

"City Limits is a triumph. It shows how our highways and roads do more than just move us around, they play a crucial role in organizing our society and dividing our cities across the lines of race and class."--Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class

"Megan Kimble's paradigm-shifting City Limits details how American cities came to completely revolve around cars--to the detriment of the people who live in those cities and suburbs, as well as to the communities that highways have displaced. Through Kimble's excellent reporting and analysis, we can dare to imagine a better way."--Roxanna Asgarian, author of We Were Once a Family

"City Limits, a definitive, neighborly guide to how our cities got so sliced up by highways, the damage they've done to communities and the climate, and the many great ideas for how we could replace them, if only we can organize ourselves."--Maurice Chammah, author of Let the Lord Sort Them

"City Limits is a meticulously researched look at how something as seemingly innocuous as America's highway system became a building block for systemic inequality."--Michael Harriot, New York Times bestselling author of Black AF History

"Kimble capably proposes a sustained rethinking of urban infrastructure. . . . A convincing case for removing highways and shaping cities meant for people, not cars."--Kirkus Reviews