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"Henderson does a first-rate job of situating San Francisco within the larger transportation/mobility politics, both historically and contemporarily. . . . He considers the politics of challenging and replacing automobility in a rigorous and well-informed way."―Lisa Benton-Short, coeditor of City & Nature and Migrants in the Metropolis

"Street Fight addresses a timely and important topic: mobility in contemporary cities. And it offers insight into the complex and convoluted political machinations surrounding urban development questions as well as transportation policy."―Louise Nelson Dyble, author of Paying the Toll: Local Power, Regional Politics, and the Golden Gate Bridge

"We can dream of cities where we can walk and bike easily and of the role we can play by designing urban greenbelts and parks. But how to make it happen? Henderson, an associate professor of geography at San Francisco State University, provides a detailed case study in Street Fight. . . . 'San Francisco is on the leading edge here in the United States―it's on the cusp of transforming itself and getting away from car dependency,' Henderson says."―Landscape Architecture Magazine

"It is fascinating to explore how these three distinct mindsets [progressive, neoliberal, and conservative] have shaped San Francisco in recent decades, and how they interact today to create the city that we'll be moving through in the future."―San Francisco Bay Gazette

"Henderson, in line with other progressives, argues that improved livability in cities means less automobility―with San Francisco leading these debates and offering lessons for other cities. Recommended."―Choice

"Street Fight is an excellent contribution to the transportation geography literature. Henderson succeeds in bringing to the fore the role that ideology plays in transportation policy discussions."―Journal of Transport Geography

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Jason Henderson is associate professor of geography at San Francisco State University.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press (March 22, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1558499997
  • ISBN-13: 978-1558499997
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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Street Fight is without a doubt one of the best books I've read all year. This is not only essential for people interested in SF transportation and government; it is relevant for anyone who lives in San Francisco and plans to live here for a long time. While Mr. Henderson's personal beliefs come through at various points, he stays fairly objective for the most part and presents three competing ideologies that explain why much of San Francisco, not just transportation, is the way it is today. I would highly recommend this book to anyone, and can only hope that the SF Supervisors will read it as well.
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This is a fabulous book, and one of the most important to appear on San Francisco in the last decade. I'll mention three of its most salient virtues. First, it provides an exhaustive history of the city's recent transit and mobility history, which is something that no other author has accomplished. Second, it makes debates over transportation and mobility feel compelling by showing how they reflect different values or political worldviews. Finally, it provides a persuasive and nuanced critique of our culture's dependency on the automobile, and although Henderson focuses on San Francisco, his insights apply broadly. Okay, I'll also mention that this is a well-written, well-researched, and well-edited text. A novel and exciting work.
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This book is a must for anybody interested in land use, transportation, and sustainable cities in the United States. Those wishing to pursue a career in any of these related fields will greatly benefit from the research and accumulation of material Jason has put together on the political ideologies of transportation. After reading this book I feel like I can put in context many different points of view surrounding transportation and land use. The book is also a great read for anyone interested in San Francisco, MUNI, San Francisco politics, etc.
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This is a great book which everyone should read if you are interested in San Francisco politics and/or transportation. Buy it.
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