Uncategorized28 Jun 2008 10:35 pm


Many readings, old and new, inform my thinking about this project. The subjects are diverse: environment, suburbia, cities, urban development and decay, urban planning, urban studies, race relations, bicycles and cycling, public transportation, railroads, street railways, automobile culture, blues music, to name just some.

Here are some readings that I recommend. Not all are weighty or academic: some are fun but all have some interest to me.

I will add to this list as I am able to. Please feel free to give me your suggestions on your favorites as well.

And enjoy the reading. After all, it’s summer.

Articles on Related Topics, such as Environment, Walkable Neighborhoods

How Walkable is Your Neighborhood? Yahoo/New York Times http://finance.yahoo.com/real-estate/article/105543/How-Walkable-Is-Your-Neighborhood?

Save the planet by cutting down on meat? That’s just a load of bull, Telegraph of London http://www.telegraph.co.uk/opinion/main.jhtml?xml=/opinion/2008/09/09/do0901.xml

Take a walk with us, Chicago Tribune http://www.chicagotribune.com/features/lifestyle/explore/chi-walks-cover-0904sep04,0,7407013.story

Population growth and climate change, British Medical Association Journal http://www.bmj.com/cgi/content/full/337/jul24_2/a576

Bicycles and Cycling

Bikes on a roll in suburbs
PEDAL POWER | As more cyclists hit the streets, towns respond with
racks, trails, lanes
July 28, 2008

Biking To Bensenville
by Ben Joravsky on July 11th 2008 - 6:16 p.m.
From the Blog of Ben Joravsky.

Critical Mass Listserve Samplings:

Being in a car makes people act worse than they generally would http://groups.yahoo.com/group/chicago_critical_mass/message/10023


 Man torches [his] BMW to protest gas prices, police say

    * Story Highlights
    * Unemployed 30-year-old douses [his] BMW with gas, sets fire to
it in Frankfurt, Germany
    * Man tells police that he could no longer afford to drive vehicle
due to high gas prices
    * Man’s name being withheld because he hasn’t been charged with a
    * Police investigating whether man can be charged with violating
environmental laws

Mike A Schwab, Springfield IL USA http://geocities.com/maschwab/ for
software links

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This week on Vote With Your Feet,http://votewithyourfeetchicago.com
A walk down the length of Grand Avenue in Chicagoreveals a cross
 section of the city’s terrain and transportationsystems, as well as a tamale
 wholesaler, purple martin bird feeders and a giant Radio Flyer. Vote
 With Your Feet is a new blog covering biking, walking,transportation and
 politics. Fresh stories are posted weekly. John Greenfield



Crabgrass Frontier: The Suburbanization of the United States by Kenneth T. Jackson

I cannot say enough about this interesting book that introduced me to many new ideas and concepts, despite my long interest in urban development and public transportation.

Street Railways: Last Days in Chicago

Transit Agencies Who Accommodate Bikes

Here, I’m only saying they accommodate bikes to some degree, more or less. In some cases, there’s room for improvement.

Movies and Films

Motormania, Walt Disney, 1950 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZgiVicpZGk

Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Silly, you say? Not so the dark backstory of the plotting that signalled the end The Big Red Cars of the Pacific Electric Railway in Los Angeles While slightly fictionalized for this animation, the real story is true and was repeated across America in the 50’s and 60’s. Look up stories on the company, “National City Lines” for considerable intrigue in real life.

Environment and Automobiles

Why Bother?
Published: April 20, 2008


Get Ready for the Post-SUV World!

By Stan Cox, AlterNet. Posted July 10, 2008.


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