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Traffic by Tom Vanderbilt
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Dec 30, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: non-fiction
Read in December, 2008

I actually listened to the audiobook in the car, which made "reading" this quite ironic. Half of the time, I was in the process of doing exactly what the author was talking about. Overall, I found this book pretty fascinating -- the statistics and logic surrounding safety and danger in the car and on the road seemed so backward (like how freeways and open roadways that appear safe are actually more dangerous than busy city streets with lots of action) -- until they were explained. One of the most interesting parts for me was that there are more pedestrians in NYC, but the streets are still designed for the driver.

The last chapter summarized a lot of everything else in the book, and started to get kindof dull -- since it didn't pack the same punch without all the stats and dramatic information.
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message 1: by Kara (new)

Kara So funny -- I was just reading the Holiday Booklist and saw this title and thought BORRRRR-ING. Your review has made me reconsider.

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