Asphalt nation: how the automobile took over America, and how we can take it back.

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Notes on front endpapers: Speed. 14 horses/manure. Fast food and the car. P. 41 racist policies control highways. National Highway System. 156,000 miles. Century Highway 2.2 Billion. Portland, O a model. Who has successfully fought road or highway expansion? Limbaugh p 293. Who was Robert Moses. House levels. 9% of nation owns no car comprises 25% of pop. Federal Highway Admin. says 7.2% of Americans are walkers p. 337. 12 million bicycles bought a year/same as autos. 80 Million car commuters. 200 million cars. American corporations spend 40 B a year to promote autos. 1 B for G.M. In rural America 60% of elderly not licensed. 80 million Americans do not operate autos/too old/too young/too poor. 9% of Households lack cars. $6000 a year to operate a 2 year old vehicle. New York--40% of nations mass transit. 75.9% of elderly over 65 live alone. 93 Billion is spent a year for local/state/federal roads. 120 people die each day in traffic accidents. 1991 went to witness the events that led to this book. [Verso]: Interstate system 42,500 miles. What is the Highway Trust Fund? Amtrak--Passengers pay 80% of their tickets/cars=50%. 100th Anniversary of the car 1996. Notes on half-title: June 29, 1956--signed greatest peacetime public works project in the world history. $50 Billion. Boston's route 120 first loop. Underlinings/Notes: Underlinings: closing of frontier, traffic, cost, characteristics of different drivers, jobs, race, wealth, Lewis Mumford. Notes: "Gridlock," "guns v. cars," "elderly," "age and driving," "the Amish," "food, junk food diet," "the poor, the have not," " Castro Valley Loma Pieta earthquake," "the malls," "Tyson's," "Phoenix," "Boston," "Bloomington, MN, Cleveland," "Wal-Mart, Home Depot," "Nike," "3 way pollutant," "LA Century Highway," "Oil and autos 1/5 of GNP," "Americans 5Xs as much gas, Asia 10Xs," "Oil," "auto age 1908," "Lincoln Steffens," "1913," "14 million horses," "AAA 1902," "Indy Speedway," "1914 1st Continental highway," "dust, rain unpadded seats," "Woodrow Wilson," "The interurban," "WWI 72,911 cars," "The trolley," "60,000 streetcars/26,000 lines," "1st underground Boston 1897, New York 1904," "Penn Station," "Grand Central Station," "Germany zoning," "1st highway," "1st garage 898 Brooklyn," "1st green and red light," "1st gas tax," "bankrupt," "310,000 car commuters v. 14.5 mil rode rails or walked," "Vermont," "93 B a year," "Amtrak," "HOV," "Reston," "750 miles of former railroad tracks," "Toronto," "rigged market," "$6000 per car a year," "trust fund."


Kay, Jane Holtz, “Asphalt nation: how the automobile took over America, and how we can take it back.,” One Book. One Author. One Hour., accessed June 18, 2019,



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Asphalt nation: how the automobile took over America, and how we can take it back.


Kay, Jane Holtz


Program air date: May 25, 1997


Details the effects of the automobile upon America.


"Automobiles--Social aspects--United States."
"City and town life--United States."
"Sociology, Urban--United States."


Brian Lamb Booknotes Collection
Gift of Brian Lamb, 2011.


Crown Publishers
George Mason University. Libraries. Special Collections & Archives


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