Lecture 7.docx - Lecture 7 Lewis Mumford Described as philosopher but actually not Main criticism was urban planning Proposed the Federal Aid Highway

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Lecture 7: Lewis Mumford Described as philosopher but actually not Main criticism was urban planning Proposed the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956, also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act was signed into law on 29 June 1956 by President Eisenhower o Post of second WW o An interstate highway allows the army to be mobilized o The act was to fund new roads in perpetuity, not maintain existing roads Government was to build new roads every year… Lewis wrote against the bill Roads bring many good things, bring jobs, bring tourists, businesses o But they also bring a deepened independence on the automobile (need an automobile to do your regular things such as work, shop, eat, etc.) o It used to be where people were not so dependent on automobiles o Contributed to urban sprawl Allowed suburbs o Aggravated segregation There were communities built for "white only" neighborhoods o Weakened the rail networks o
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