What makes Asphalt Nation far more interesting than the typical anti-auto diatribe is Kay's discussion of the cultural mores that helped create America's current car glut--namely, our attitudes toward land use and growth management; her comparisons between American and European practices in these areas are particularly interesting. Others have written about the American love affair with the automobile, but Holtz revisits the discussion with lively writing and a dramatic narrative. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
The one that comes most readily to mind is where she misspelled Gresham, OR, but there were others too.
This book has great potential, but it feels like the sentences got all mixed up in the publisher's word processor so that no coherent story is told.
This book is an attempt to define our addiction to the personal automobile and the negative effects of this addiction.
I have very mixed feelings about this book. The first chapter is awesome. The last section (the last six chapters) is also very good. Read morePublished on January 11, 2009 by Tabor Kelly
It takes an awful lot of subsidies and tax revenues to keep suburban republicans rolling in the suburbs. Was it ever any different? How did it get this way? Read morePublished on September 7, 2008 by Ryan Costa
Let me first say that I completely agree with Kay's main point: Our car culture has huge costs, costs which are way out of whack with their benefits. Read morePublished on November 30, 2005 by Trevor Miller
Less a book than a book-length sort of reportage, Asphalt Nation builds the case against the automobile to almost absurd heights. Read morePublished on September 3, 2004 by David Greusel
I've noticed how much design caters to car traffic for some time now. Not only are bus systems left behind in plans, but it is also difficult to walk anywhere these days. Read morePublished on June 20, 2004 by traderje
No wonder our American jobs are being outsourced oversees - we demand more money from our employers so that we can drive farther from our home to work and spend, spend, spend on... Read morePublished on January 16, 2004
They should put up a stand in front of every cardealer's showroom to preach the message. Though some of your writers said Kay's message was nothing new, it clearly makes a polemic... Read morePublished on January 14, 2004 by Thomas Chambers
I, too, am concerned about the decay of our cities in the name of car culture. Asphalt Nation is a nice light reptitious long read about the problems, how we got here, and a few... Read morePublished on October 17, 2003 by A Tech Worker
I find it incredible that I have not come upon Asphalt Nation before. I read books on the city and the environment continuously and have consulted the circuit of such writers... Read morePublished on September 17, 2003 by Peter Fordham