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The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Eric Avila

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.001.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

The Folklore of the Freeway provides an alternative history of highway construction in urban America, emphasizing the cultural politics of fighting freeways in the inner city. Using the methods of ... More


Introduction: The Invisible Freeway Revolt

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0001
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

The Introduction lays out the scope and aims of the book, situating this study within the scholarly literature. It defines the terms of the debate, emphasizing why existing histories of urban highway ... More


Identity Politics in Post-Interstate America

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0007
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

The conclusion summarizes the main themes and argument of the book, arguing for the inculcation of cultural analysis within the broader history of modernization in the postwar American city. It ... More


The Master’s Plan: The Rise and Fall of the Modernist City

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0002
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

Chapter One provides an historical overview of urban America during the age of the Interstate, exploring the disparate impact of urban highway construction upon the diverse neighborhoods of the ... More


A Matter of Perspective: The Racial Politics of Seeing the Freeway

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0005
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

Chapter Four explores the history of the freeway revolt through visual culture. It analyzes the image of the freeway in the history of American art since the age of the Interstate, identifying a ... More


“Nobody but a Bunch of Mothers”: Fighting the Highwaymen during Feminism’s Second Wave

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0003
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

Chapter Two explores the gendered politics of fighting freeways. In more established communities, white women—Jane Jacobs and her ilk–played a prominent role organizing community opposition to ... More


Communities Lost and Found: The Politics of Historical Memory

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0004
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

Chapter Three considers the role of historical memory in politics of fighting freeways. While some communities successfully blocked highway construction by insisting upon the historical significance ... More


Taking Back the Freeway: Strategies of Adaptation and Improvisation

Eric Avila

in The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780816680726
eISBN:
9781452947860
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
DOI:
10.5749/minnesota/9780816680726.003.0006
Subject:
Architecture, Architectural Theory and Criticism

Chapter Five explores how communities impacted by highway construction integrate the freeway into its local context. Considering a variety of cultural practices in disparate urban neighborhoods, this ... More


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