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Global CitiesUrban Environments in Los Angeles, Hong Kong, and China$
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Robert Gottlieb and Simon Ng

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780262035910

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262035910.001.0001

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Transportation in the City

Transportation in the City

(p.165) 6 Transportation in the City
Global Cities

Robert Gottlieb

Simon Ng

The MIT Press

This chapter describes and analyzes how Los Angeles became an auto-dominant region, how Hong Kong built a much admired rail passenger system, and how China, in rapid fire succession, witnessed a massive increase in car use and metro development. It identifies the air quality, land use, and mobility shifts associated with these changing transportation systems. It describes how Los Angeles seeks to lessen its car dependence with its new push for rail and increased bike use and walkability strategies; how Hong Kong struggles with congestion due to increased car ownership and car use while still relying on the link between its metro and rail system and concentrated real estate development near metro stops; and how China’s cities, such as Shenzhen, race ahead with new metro and high speed rail development while confronting the environmental problems and challenges related to its enormous growth in car use and the erosion of its Bicycle Kingdom reputation.

Keywords:   Bicycle Kingdom, MTR, Freeways, Mobility 2035, Jaywalking, ArroyoFest, CicLAvia, high speed rail, ding dings, transit-oriented development, bicycling, walking

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