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Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Peter D. Norton

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262141000
eISBN:
9780262280754
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.001.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

Before the advent of the automobile, users of city streets were diverse and included children at play and pedestrians at large. By 1930, most streets were primarily a motor thoroughfares where ... More


Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in theTwentieth Century

Karin Bijsterveld

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026390
eISBN:
9780262268547
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026390.001.0001
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

Since the late nineteenth century, the sounds of technology have been the subject of complaints, regulation, and legislation. By the early 1900s, anti-noise leagues in Western Europe and North ... More


Introduction What Are Streets For?

in Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262141000
eISBN:
9780262280754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.003.0001
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter notes that city streets underwent social reconstruction to become automotive-ready. The chapter examines how many cities had to be physically destroyed and reconstructed so that they ... More


Traffic Safety for the Motor Age

Peter D. Norton

in Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262141000
eISBN:
9780262280754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.003.0009
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter examines how a new model of traffic safety eventually emerged. The goal, after the Cincinnati speed governor war, was to seek out means in which to make city streets easier for vehicles ... More


Automobility and Freedom

John M. Meyer

in Engaging the Everyday: Environmental Social Criticism and the Resonance Dilemma

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780262028905
eISBN:
9780262327107
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262028905.003.0006
Subject:
Environmental Science, Environmental Studies

Automobility – inclusive of both the physical and cultural aspects of the practice of private ownership and use of automobiles – shapes modern life the world over. Automobility generates a flexible ... More


The Dawn of the Motor Age

Peter D. Norton

in Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262141000
eISBN:
9780262280754
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262141000.003.0010
Subject:
History, History of Science, Technology, and Medicine

This chapter discusses developments of a new kind of traffic structure that heralded the rise of a new way to combat increased traffic. Highway engineers were partly responsible for the changes in ... More


The Organizing and Financing of Innovative Companies in the Evolution of the U.S. Automobile Industry

Steven Klepper

in Financing Innovation in the United States, 1870 to the Present

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262122894
eISBN:
9780262277884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262122894.003.0003
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter reviews the evolution of the automobile industry and how current automobile firms first entered into the industry. Four notable successful firms were the Olds Motor Works, Cadillac Motor ... More


Funding New Industries: A Historical Perspective on the Financing Role of the U.S. Stock Market in the Twentieth Century

Mary A. O’Sullivan

in Financing Innovation in the United States, 1870 to the Present

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262122894
eISBN:
9780262277884
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262122894.003.0005
Subject:
Economics and Finance, Economic History

This chapter focuses on the manufacturing industries that emerged starting in the late nineteenth century until the late 1920s, and how innovation and technological change affected their growth. It ... More


Instruments of Torture: Traffic Noise as Uncivilized Behavior

Karin Bijsterveld

in Mechanical Sound: Technology, Culture, and Public Problems of Noise in theTwentieth Century

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262026390
eISBN:
9780262268547
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262026390.003.0004
Subject:
Society and Culture, Technology and Society

This chapter finds that traffic noise emerged as a significant problem along with the problem of industrial noise during the twentieth century. Noise emanating from automobiles, trains, and trams ... More


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