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“All the cities we admire most in the world--the places young people want to live--boast great public transit systems or are in the process of building them. Taras Grescoe explains why: there's nothing more civilized than a great subway, or a bus rapid transit system, or a squad of ferries, or any of the other ways we've learned to move ourselves around urban space. As this splendid account makes clear, a car isn't liberation: not needing a car is liberation!” ―Bill McKibben, author Eaarth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet
“Grescoe presents a strong and timely argument for moving metropolitan motorists away from their cars.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[Straphanger] is rife with bits of interesting trivia, and it almost reads like a travelogue as the author revels in the wonders of his diverse destinations. With a smooth, accessible narrative style…each chapter is packed with important information… A captivating, convincing case for car-free--or at least car-reduced--cities.” ―Kirkus
“Entertaining and illuminating...Grescoe's adventurous, first-person inspection of the world's latest high-tech transit systems keeps readers engaged while underscoring the importance of developing greener forms of transportation.” ―Library Journal
Taras Grescoe is the award-winning author of four books and countless articles focusing on world travel. He's written for The New York Times, The Times (London), Wired, the Chicago Tribune Magazine, and the Los Angeles Times. He currently lives in Montreal. He has never owned a car.
This book is a strange, intertwined mixture of a personal quest for the best place to live on Earth and an overview of transit systems in various cities such as New York, Phoenix,... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pierre Gauthier
Having for years bewailed the lack of good public transportation in our small city in the USA, this book was an immediate draw. Read morePublished 14 months ago by atmj
This book, subtitled "Saving Our Cities and Ourselves From the Automobile", was of particular interest to me, seeing as how I gave up owning and driving a car when I moved... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
The author created an interesting flow to his premise about the ubiquitous problems involving effective public transportation. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Michael Brown
A study of public transportation systems around the world. Insightful analysis of how these systems work from the author's experiences from living in in many places around the... Read morePublished 23 months ago by John H. Wall
A straphanger is a person who hangs on to the strap while riding a train or a bus or, more generally, a person who commutes to work by public transportation. Read morePublished on July 13, 2013 by Jane Easterly
Part travel book (the author is a travel writer), part policy statement, part call to arms, Straphanger makes a passionate case for making cities more accessible to transit,... Read morePublished on April 4, 2013 by Joey Bee
Taras Grescoe vividly paints the history and current state of public transit in the world in this book. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by Mark Roth
So this book is made for me - an exploration of mass transit around the world and what makes it work so well in some places while failing in others. Read morePublished on December 20, 2012 by Julia Miller