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Subway City: Riding the Trains, Reading New York Michael W. Brooks

Subway City: Riding the Trains, Reading New York

Michael W. Brooks

Published
ISBN : 9780813523965
Hardcover
272 pages
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None of the worlds great cities is as closely identified with its subway as New York. Its trains provide much more than just rapid transit. They give New Yorkers a powerful symbol of their metropolis, one that they use to express both their hopesMoreNone of the worlds great cities is as closely identified with its subway as New York. Its trains provide much more than just rapid transit. They give New Yorkers a powerful symbol of their metropolis, one that they use to express both their hopes and their fears for the urban future.Subway City explores New Yorks transit system as both fact and metaphor. Brooks traces the development of the subway from its inception as the newest and most efficient public transportation system to its decline as an overcrowded and dangerous part of city life. The crowded cars gave Harold Lloyd material for comedy, fueled William Randolph Hearsts crusade against the Traction Trust, and convinced Lewis Mumford that the subway was a futile effort to solve the citys problems. Brooks explores films which have dramatized the dangers lurking below ground, and examines the infamous Bernhard Goetz shooting that made the subway a symbol of urban decay. More hopefully, he describes the Metropolitan Transportation Authoritys station improvements and ambitious programs for Music Underground, Poetry in Transit, and Arts-in-Transit, as keys to the citys renewal.