People Before Highways: Boston Activists, Urban Planners, and a New Movement for City Making

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University of Massachusetts Press
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6.0 X 8.9 X 0.8 inches | 0.85 pounds

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About the Author
Karilyn Crockett is an independent scholar and director of Economic Policy & Research for the City of Boston. She holds a PhD in American studies from Yale University.

[A] tightly woven tale that reminds us of the strength of people to make change, and the collaborative nature of what it means to build a city.

--Boston Globe

People before Highways offers insight into the changing social and political values of the era and underscores the cumulative impact of the many small, community-based efforts that shaped today's city.

--The New England Quarterly

It is Crockett's deep research in dispersed archives, damp basements, and oral history interviews that have brought these little-known stories to light... Her account shows the power of the diverse community-based movements of the 1970s as drivers of social, economic, and environmental change and as an effective challenge to the elite-led, technocratic system of urban planning.

--Historical Journal of Massachusetts

People before Highways is well written, and its argument is supported by archival ducuments and personal interviews... Historians will find [it] to be a valuable addition to the literature on citizen revolts of the 1960s and especially so because it connects the era's antihighway campaigns to the community and black power movements.

--Journal of American History