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Straphanger: Surviving the End of the Automobile Age

Taras Grescoe

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Product Details
Format:
Hardback
ISBN:
9780805091731
Published:
01 May 2012
Publisher:
Macmillan
Dimensions:
320 pages - 156 x 235mm

"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, Bogotá, 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.

Taras Grescoe is the award-winning author of four books and countless articles focusing on world travel. He's written for The "New York Times," The "Times" (London), "Wired," the "Chicago Tribune Magazine," and "the Los Angeles Times." He currently lives in Montreal. He has never owned a car.

Taras Grescoe rides the rails all over the world and makes an elegant and impassioned case for the imminent end of car culture and the coming transportation revolution.

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