Resource: CA Highways

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s research library has digitized the entire run of California Highways Magazine, 1924-1967 and made it available online. The library includes a Google Custom Search and an online directory of individual issues with lots of rich California documentation, San Francisco Bay Bridge, Los Angeles Sepulveda Pass, and many others. ~Thanks to Asha …

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Automotive Genetics

UCLA researchers have just released an unusual application of genetics to study the evolution over history of characteristics of automobiles.The recently published research shows “cars are exceptionally diverse but also have a detailed history of changes, making them a model system for investigating the evolution of technology” sats Erik Gjesfjeld, a postdoctoral scholar in UCLA’s Institute for Society and …

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Re-Cycling

What do bicycles and recycling have in common? "Cycling and Recycling: Histories of Sustainable Practices," edited Ruth Oldenziel and Helmuth Trischler (2015), looks at how these old technologies are newly fashionable tools to make modern life more sustainable.. From the publisher's website: "Technology has long been an essential consideration in public discussions of the environment, …

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Question: Significant U.S. Road Projects

Erica Interrante from the Federal Highway Administration is compiling a list of transportation projects over the past 100 years that have received federal support and have had a significant impact on national connectivity and economic growth in recognition of the 100th Anniversary of the Federal Aid Act. Please contact Erica at einterra@gmail.com with your suggestions

New Book: Cycling Cities

Why do some cities have more cycling than others? A new book looks at this question historically, across 14 European cities: "Cycling Cities: The European Experience (Hundred Years of Policy and Practice)" (eds. Ruth Oldenziel, Martin Emanuel, Adri Albert de la Bruhèze, and Frank Veraart) From the publisher's website: Cycling Cities is a richly illustrated …

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New Book: Transportation and Revolt

A new book by Jacob Snell explores how governments have blocked certain transportation modes out of fear of subversive activities: "Transportation and Revolt: Pigeons, Mules, Canals, and the Vanishing Geographies of Subversive Mobility" From the publisher's website: During World War I, German soldiers shot down carrier pigeons for fear the birds were carrying enemy communiqués; …

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Multilevel Metropolis

A new article looks at the history of pedestrian networks built above and below ground, linking the past to contemporary new project. See "The Multilevel Metropolis: On the radical origins — and mundane deployment — of the urban skyway" (Jennifer Yoos and Vincent James, "Places," May 2016) ~Thanks to Asha W. Agrawal for this post

Don’t Think of Them As Roads…

Lots of transportation professionals think about congestion pricing today -- but how many of them stop to contemplate the history and sociology of the concept? These ideas are discussed in a new article by Thomas Vanoutrive: "Don’t think of them as roads. Think of them as road transport markets: Congestion pricing as a neoliberal political …

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