Did the Interstates Make Suburbs More Republican?

Could post-war development of the Interstate Highway System have helped make suburban communities more Republican? A recent paper by Clayton Nall explores this question: “The Political Consequences of Spatial Policies: How Interstate Highways Facilitated Geographic Polarization,” Journal of Politics 77(2): 394-406. Here’s the article abstract: “In the postwar era, Democratic voters have become increasingly more…

Secret Tunnels in Mexico

Catholic treasures moved in underground tunnels hundreds of years ago in Puebla, Mexico An article from the newspaper El Pais describes these underground tunnels built from the 1500s on : “How a Mexican city discovered its long-forgotten ancient tunnels. For decades the secret passageways in Puebla were nothing more than a rumor” The tunnels were also…

Southern CA Road Building History

The Automobile Club of Southern California Collection provides documentation on the region’s transportation history, especially Los Angeles from 1892 to 1963, from the Auto Club’s Corporate Archives. The Collection includes: a selection of 98 historic strip maps, illustrating the development of major Southern California routes; 498 photographs from the general photograph collection, depicting buildings, businesses,…

Website Pick: Historic and Notable Bridges

Bridge enthusiast James Baughn created Bridgehunter.com to memorialize historic bridges – workhorses and showhorses alike. The site is constantly updated with photos, topographic and interactive maps, facts, history and status of bridges, using his own work and work contributed by others. “Historic” in this context is in the eye of the beholder, and may be…

TRB 2016 annual meeting is in full swing…

The Transportation Research Board`s 95th annual meeting is in full swing. Hopefully you were amongst the lucky ones that were in attendance at the session 259 – Who makes it happen in transportation? Historical look at the role of public and private sector actors in transportation decision making. Don’t worry, we will be posting on…

Travelling History: Green Book

Check out this fascinating article about the Traveler’s Green Book founded in 1936 by Victor Green to help African American travelers find friendly restaurants, auto shops and accommodations in the time of Jim Crow and public lynchings in the Washington Post’s “Wonkblog”. Worth noting the link to the digitized versions of 21 volumes of the “Green Book.” ~Thanks to Bradley Flamm…

Golden Gate Bridge Construction Begins January 1933

  In January 1933 a project to construct the worlds’ longest suspension bridge was started in San Francisco California as workers began excavating 3.25 million cubic feet of material for the structure’s anchorages.  The bridge opened to automobile traffic on May 27, 1937. The first public crossing had taken place the day before during an…