New PDF release: Driving Spaces (RGS-IBG Book Series)

By Peter Merriman

ISBN-10: 0470766344

ISBN-13: 9780470766347

ISBN-10: 1405130725

ISBN-13: 9781405130721

Peter Merriman strains the social and cultural histories and geographies of using areas via an exam of the layout, development and use of England’s M1 dual carriageway within the Nineteen Fifties and Sixties. A first-of-its-kind educational research interpreting the construction and intake of the landscapes and areas of a British dual carriageway An interdisciplinary strategy, attractive with theoretical and empirical paintings from sociology, background, cultural stories, anthropology and geography comprises 38 prime quality illustrations according to broad, unique archive paintings

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There may be occasions when such speed ways will one day take a legitimate part in connexion with the transport system of the country; but there are certain areas through which they ought never to be allowed, and it is doubtful if the time is ripe for their introduction anywhere. . It would mean the development of a corridor of suburbanism extending down every side road. . At a time when regional planning is aiming at the preservation of wide areas of primitive scenery, . . ought we not to hesitate and consider very seriously whether or not adjoining South Coast pleasure resorts would not in the long run be seriously damaged by connecting themselves to London with speedways, which would only accelerate the already rapidly diminishing seclusion of the rural scenery with which they are now surrounded and behind which they now repose?

Clements argued that the Autobahnen provided high levels of employment, prevented ribbon development, encapsulated principles of good design and landscaping, and reduced the number of accidents by 83% (Clements 1937). The accident statistics were provided by the German government and proved to be of great interest to members of the Delegation, which included representatives of the Pedestrians’ Association and National Safety-First Association, both of whom had advocated motorway construction to improve road safety in the mid-1930s (Roads and Road Construction 1935).

Brodsly 1981; Berman 1983; Wilson 1992; Raitz 1996; Lackey 1997; Gandy 2002; Wollen and Kerr 2002; Krim 2005). Accounts of highways and being ‘on the road’ have assumed a notable place in both mainstream and countercultural imaginaries of the American nation, whether in books such as Jack Kerouac’s 1957 On the Road (see Cresswell 1993), road movies such as Easy Rider (1969) and Thelma and Louise (1991) (see Cohan and Hark 1997; Eyerman and Löfgren 1995; Wollen and Kerr 2002), or in diverse representations of Route 66 (see Krim 2005).

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