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Highway Robbery: Transportation Racism and New Routes to Equity Paperback – 2004
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A few of the more interesting assertions:
*Martin Luther King was writing about transportation issues before his death; in a posthumously published essay, he wrote that public transit is "a valid civil rights issue" because the availability of transit "determines the accessibility of jobs to the black community" (p. 17).
*Discriminatory policies not only affect the balance of spending between highways and transit, but also affect public transit policy. For example, Pittsburgh's planners have given Pittsburgh's white southern suburbs a clean, quiet light rail system, but have given its poorer, blacker East End a louder, more polluting busway system- even though East Enders are more likely to use public transit.
*Even poor drivers lose from our auto-oriented status quo. Families earning less than $14,000 per year after taxes spend 40% of their take home pay on transportation, as opposed to 13% for families earning over $72,000.
*In 1935, families spent 10% of their budgets on transportation. Today, they spend 20% - perhaps explaining why so many people feel financially stressed.
*The claim that highways "pay for themselves" overlooks negative externalities such as the effects of highways on city neighborhoods: poor, carless people get all the air pollution from nearby highways without any of the benefits.
However, some essays in the book are not as well done as others.Read more ›
I wish I had read the other review, which was very generous.
The scholarship is shallow and lazy, and the writing style is polemical....with little attention to the facts/details.
It's a waste of good paper, both the stuff that it is printed on and the legal tender you have to spend to buy the book.
Be smarter than I was: give it a miss.