Straphanger: How Subways, Buses And Trains Are Saving Our Cities

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Straphanger: How Subways, Buses And Trains Are Saving Our Cities

by Taras Grescoe

HarperCollins | April 24, 2012 | Hardcover

Straphanger: How Subways, Buses And Trains Are Saving Our Cities is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

Taras Grescoe has written books that have changed the way we look at illicit substances, inThe Devil’s Picnic, and how we think about the world’s seafood, inBottomfeeder. Now, as oil prices soar and suburbs continue to sprawl, Grescoe hits the commuter road in a global quest to understand and illuminate the challenges of the post-automobile age.

Ultimately,Straphanger’s subject is the city, and it offers a global tour of alternatives to car-based living, told through encounters with bicycle commuters, subway engineers, idealistic mayors and disillusioned trolley campaigners. Along the way, Grescoe meets libertarian apologists for the automobile, urbanists who defend suburban sprawl, champions of buses, rapid transit and light rail, and planners fighting to liberate cities from the empire of the automobile.

In a world of skyrocketing gas prices and political unrest in the oil-rich corners of the world,Straphangeris an essential book that addresses one of the most critical discussions of the near future.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages

Published: April 24, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686245

ISBN - 13: 9781554686247

Found in: Social and Cultural Studies

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended reading for all members of city councils everywhere This book is an excellent read. Recommended to be by Rob & Doug Ford, but doubt they will.
Date published: 2012-04-23

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Straphanger: How Subways, Buses And Trains Are Saving Our Cities

Straphanger: How Subways, Buses And Trains Are Saving Our Cities

by Taras Grescoe

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 352 pages

Published: April 24, 2012

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554686245

ISBN - 13: 9781554686247

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Taras Grescoe has written books that have changed the way we look at illicit substances, inThe Devil’s Picnic, and how we think about the world’s seafood, inBottomfeeder. Now, as oil prices soar and suburbs continue to sprawl, Grescoe hits the commuter road in a global quest to understand and illuminate the challenges of the post-automobile age.

Ultimately,Straphanger’s subject is the city, and it offers a global tour of alternatives to car-based living, told through encounters with bicycle commuters, subway engineers, idealistic mayors and disillusioned trolley campaigners. Along the way, Grescoe meets libertarian apologists for the automobile, urbanists who defend suburban sprawl, champions of buses, rapid transit and light rail, and planners fighting to liberate cities from the empire of the automobile.

In a world of skyrocketing gas prices and political unrest in the oil-rich corners of the world,Straphangeris an essential book that addresses one of the most critical discussions of the near future.

About the Author

TARAS GRESCOE is the author of four books, including the bestsellingBottomfeeder, which won the 2008 Writers’ Trust Non-Fiction Prize and the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-fiction. Two other titles,Sacré BluesandThe End of Elsewhere, were shortlisted for Writers’ Trust awards. His work has appeared in a great variety of major publications includingThe New York Times,National Geographic Traveler,Gourmet,The Globe and Mail,Canadian Geographic,The Times(UK) andThe Independent. He lives in Montreal. Visit him online atwww.tarasgrescoe.com.