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Straphanger : Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile: Grescoe, Taras: BOOKS KINOKUNIYA
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Straphanger : Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
Straphanger : Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile
Publisher : Times Books
Published Date : 2012/04
Binding : Hardcover
ISBN : 9780805091731

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Book Description
Source: ENG
Academic Descriptors: A35302530 A35280000
Place of Publication: United States
Academic Level: Extracurricular
Review:
Kirkus Reviews 2012 February #2
Library Journal - Starred Reviews 1997 (And Ongoing)
Baker & Taylor Forecast - March 2012
Booklist Reviews 2012 March #2
BookPage Reviews 2012 May
Table of Contents
 
Prologue Shanghai, China                           1  (6)
Introduction                                       7  (12)
      Confessions of a Straphanger
    1 The Subway that Time Forgot                  19 (31)
      New York, New York
    2 Only Connect                                 50 (29)
      Los Angeles, California
    3 The Highway to Hell                          79 (26)
      Phoenix, Arizona
    4 The Salvation of Paris                       105(27)
      Paris, France
    5 The Copenhagen Syndrome                      132(26)
      Copenhagen, Denmark
    6 Fools and Roads                              158(20)
      Moscow, Russia
    7 City of Trains                               178(30)
      Tokyo, Japan
    8 The Revenge of the Loser Cruiser             208(23)
      Bogota, Colombia
    9 Good Bones                                   231(28)
      Portland, Oregon, and Vancouver, British
      Columbia
    10 The Next Great City                         259(29)
      Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  Conclusion                                       288(9)
      Montreal, Quebec
Sources                                            297(9)
Further Reading                                    306(2)
Acknowledgments                                    308(3)
Index                                              311
 

"I am proud to call myself a straphanger," writes Taras Grescoe. The perception of public transportation in America is often unflattering - a squalid last resort for those with one too many drunk-driving charges, too poor to afford insurance, or too decrepit to get behind the wheel of a car. Indeed, a century of auto-centric culture and city planning has left most of the country with public transportation that is underfunded, ill maintained, and ill conceived. But as the demand for petroleum is fast outpacing the world's supply, a revolution in transportation is under way. Grescoe explores the ascendance of the straphangers - the growing number of people who rely on public transportation to go about the business of their daily lives. On a journey that takes him around the world - from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogota, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia - Grescoe profiles public transportation here and abroad, highlighting the people and ideas that may help undo the damage that car-centric planning has done to our cities and create convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation - and better city living - for all.