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The Resource The folklore of the freeway : race and revolt in the modernist city, Eric Avila

The folklore of the freeway : race and revolt in the modernist city, Eric Avila

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The folklore of the freeway : race and revolt in the modernist city
Title
The folklore of the freeway
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race and revolt in the modernist city
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Eric Avila
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Language
eng
Summary
" When the interstate highway program connected America's cities, it also divided them, cutting through and destroying countless communities. Affluent and predominantly white residents fought back in a much heralded "freeway revolt," saving such historic neighborhoods as Greenwich Village and New Orleans's French Quarter. This book tells of the other revolt, a movement of creative opposition, commemoration, and preservation staged on behalf of the mostly minority urban neighborhoods that lacked the political and economic power to resist the onslaught of highway construction.Within the context of the larger historical forces of the 1960s and 1970s, Eric Avila maps the creative strategies devised by urban communities to document and protest the damage that highways wrought. The works of Chicanas and other women of color--from the commemorative poetry of Patricia Preciado Martin and Lorna Dee Cervantes to the fiction of Helena Maria Viramontes to the underpass murals of Judy Baca--expose highway construction as not only a racist but also a sexist enterprise. In colorful paintings, East Los Angeles artists such as David Botello, Carlos Almaraz, and Frank Romero satirize, criticize, and aestheticize the structure of the freeway. Local artists paint murals on the concrete piers of a highway interchange in San Diego's Chicano Park. The Rondo Days Festival in St. Paul, Minnesota, and the Black Archives, History, and Research Foundation in the Overtown neighborhood of Miami preserve and celebrate the memories of historic African American communities lost to the freeway.Bringing such efforts to the fore in the story of the freeway revolt, The Folklore of the Freeway moves beyond a simplistic narrative of victimization. Losers, perhaps, in their fight against the freeway, the diverse communities at the center of the book nonetheless generate powerful cultural forces that shape our understanding of the urban landscape and influence the shifting priorities of contemporary urban policy. "--
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1968-
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Avila, Eric
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government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
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illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HE355.3.E94
LC item number
A95 2014
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
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A quadrant book
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  • Express highways
  • City planning
  • ARCHITECTURE / History / Contemporary (1945-)
  • ARCHITECTURE / Urban & Land Use Planning
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / Urban
  • City planning
  • Express highways
  • United States
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The folklore of the freeway : race and revolt in the modernist city, Eric Avila
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-221) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: The Invisible Freeway Revolt -- 1. The Master's Plan: The Rise and Fall of the Modernist City -- 2. "Nobody But a Bunch of Mothers": Fighting the Highwaymen During Feminism's Second Wave -- 3. Communities Lost and Found: The Politics of Historical Memory -- 4. A Matter of Perspective: The Racial Politics of Seeing the Freeway -- 5. Taking Back the Freeway: Strategies of Adaptation and Improvisation -- Conclusion: Identity Politics in Post-Interstate America -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Control code
863200113
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xi, 228 pages
Isbn
9780816680726
Lccn
2014001571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)863200113
Label
The folklore of the freeway : race and revolt in the modernist city, Eric Avila
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 199-221) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Preface -- Introduction: The Invisible Freeway Revolt -- 1. The Master's Plan: The Rise and Fall of the Modernist City -- 2. "Nobody But a Bunch of Mothers": Fighting the Highwaymen During Feminism's Second Wave -- 3. Communities Lost and Found: The Politics of Historical Memory -- 4. A Matter of Perspective: The Racial Politics of Seeing the Freeway -- 5. Taking Back the Freeway: Strategies of Adaptation and Improvisation -- Conclusion: Identity Politics in Post-Interstate America -- Acknowledgments -- Notes -- Index
Control code
863200113
Dimensions
21 cm
Extent
xi, 228 pages
Isbn
9780816680726
Lccn
2014001571
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (some color)
System control number
(OCoLC)863200113

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