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Author DiMento, Joseph F.,
Title Changing lanes : visions and histories of urban freeways / Joseph F.C. DiMento and Cliff Ellis.
Imprint Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2013.

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Author DiMento, Joseph F.,
Series Urban and industrial environments
Urban and industrial environments.
Subject Express highways -- United States -- History.
Express highways -- Government policy -- United States -- History.
Alt Name Ellis, Cliff, 1951-
Description 1 online resource (xiii, 361 pages) : illustrations, maps
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Urban freeways and America's changing cities -- The 1930s -- 1939-1945 -- 1946-1956 -- Changing visions and regulations for highway planning -- Urban freeway stories : three cities among dozens -- Conclusions and epilogue : urban highways and the American city.
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Summary The story of the evolution of the urban freeway, the competing visions that informed it, and the emerging alternatives for more sustainable urban transportation. Urban freeways often cut through the heart of a city, destroying neighborhoods, displacing residents, and reconfiguring street maps. These massive infrastructure projects, costing billions of dollars in transportation funds, have been shaped for the last half century by the ideas of highway engineers, urban planners, landscape architects, and architects--with highway engineers playing the leading role. In Changing Lanes, Joseph DiMento and Cliff Ellis describe the evolution of the urban freeway in the United States, from its rural parkway precursors through the construction of the interstate highway system to emerging alternatives for more sustainable urban transportation. DiMento and Ellis describe controversies that arose over urban freeway construction, focusing on three cases: Syracuse, which early on embraced freeways through its center; Los Angeles, which rejected some routes and then built I-105, the most expensive urban road of its time; and Memphis, which blocked the construction of I-40 through its core. Finally, they consider the emerging urban highway removal movement and other innovative efforts by cities to re-envision urban transportation.
ISBN 0262312387 (electronic bk.)
9780262312387 (electronic bk.)
9780262018586 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
0262018586 (hardcover ; alk. paper)
ISBN/ISSN ebr10642822
OCLC # 823578214
Additional Format Print version: DiMento, Joseph F. Changing lanes. Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, 2013 9780262018586 (DLC) 2012022866 (OCoLC)795909464

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