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Fighting TrafficThe Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City$
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Peter D. Norton

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262141000

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.001.0001

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Introduction What Are Streets For?

Introduction What Are Streets For?

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(p.xii) (p.1) Introduction What Are Streets For?
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Fighting Traffic
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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.003.0001

This chapter notes that city streets underwent social reconstruction to become automotive-ready. The chapter examines how many cities had to be physically destroyed and reconstructed so that they could become more compatible for automobiles. The acceptance of automobiles on the streets, however, was not easy. The chapter takes a look at the different views that people had towards traffic. Eventually the point came when motorists started to fight for a new kind of street for automobiles, and many cities were rebuilt to allow for highway traffic.

Keywords:   social reconstruction, automotive-ready, automobiles, technological frames, highway projects, automotive city

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