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Dan Albert holds a PhD in history from the University of Michigan. He writes about the past, present, and future of cars for n + 1 magazine.

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Dan Albert Nope! I should have been more precise to say that the highway network planned as part of I-95 included a leg that cut through the heart of Camden. The…moreNope! I should have been more precise to say that the highway network planned as part of I-95 included a leg that cut through the heart of Camden. The highway is now I-676/Vine Expressway.

The point I was making draws from the work of Raymond Mohl and others who have documented how the combined forces of highway building and federal housing policy disrupted African-American, immigrant, and poor neighborhood. I have not chased Mohl's sources all the way to ground but am now inspired to do so. Here's a quote from the Federal Highway Administration Site that draws on Mohl.
"In Camden, New Jersey, I-95 bisected low-income neighborhoods, displacing 1,093 minority families (out of a total of 1,289 families), while only about 100 low-incoming housing units were built at the same time "with the usual consequences." "
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I've created a bookshelf called, are-we-there-yet-bibliography.


I'm going to try to put all of the books I've used over the years to inform my understanding of the past, present, and future of the American automobile.

I've been surprised myself at the variety of sources that have informed my work. For instance, The Pushcart War and The Year of the Jeep are young adult books. I read them many many y Read more of this blog post »
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Setright is a British Brock Yates with a larger library at his fingertips.

The first section is an excellent primer on the evolution of car technology and the players involved. After that, Setright goes in more for provocation than analysis: Nader is
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Safety First by Mark Aldrich
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This is the book to read on the rise of the industrial safety movement. Aldrich explains how the creation of workmen's comp laws shifted the cost burden to employers for worker safety. Before that, they would at best pay for a coffin. It also include ...more
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This is a wonderful book. It describes the intellectual history around accidents with a particular interest in the railroads and streetcars that proved deadly. It should be read in conjunction with such books as Safety First by Mark Aldrich.
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This is a wonderful book. It describes the intellectual history around accidents with a particular interest in the railroads and streetcars that proved deadly. It should be read in conjunction with such books as Safety First by Mark Aldrich.
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