Asphalt Nation: The Paving of America
Program #KAYJ001. Recorded in Salem, MA on March 09, 2000.The "Open Road" is part of the mystique of American culture: hit the highway in your car and travel the great, big country. There is plenty of road to drive - about two and a half million miles worth. We have more cars in the U.S. than anywhere else in the world and some of the lowest gasoline prices. But the open road is not so open anymore. Subdivisions and shopping malls follow the road-building, devouring thousands of acres of land every week. Car culture, poor planning and a system that favors auto-dependent development all contribute to the paving of America. Jane Holtz Kay looks at how this happened and highlights several ways that communities can reverse the trend and design for people, not cars.
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