Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

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MIT Press
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5.86 X 8.69 X 0.8 inches | 1.14 pounds

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About the Author

Peter D. Norton is Assistant Professor in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society at the University of Virginia.


"We forget that the search for mobility in urban areas has also led to a massive increase in mortality. "Fighting Traffic" makes the linkage between mobility and mortality explicit. This is a cutting edge work in mobility history and a major contribution to urban history."--Clay McShane, author of "Down the Asphalt Path"
"In this exquisitely researched book, Norton guides us through the complex and passionate debates that cleared the street to make way for the car. These decisions made decades ago still shape our cities, so they are vital to understanding the future of the automobile, as well as its past."--Zachary M. Schrag, author of "The Great Society Subway: A History of the Washington Metro"
"This is rigorous scholarship the history of technology, and the history of the automobile in particular, will truly benefit from. Norton's fascinating, in-depth history shows the automotive revolution was fought in the streets, reshaping the use of public space and impacting perceptions for generations thereafter."--Gijs Mom, author of "The Electric Vehicle: Technology and Expectations in the Automobile Age"