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Taken for a Rideby Jim Klein and Martha Olson
Why Does America Have the Worst Public Transit in the Industrialized World, and the Most Freeways?
Why Does America Have the Worst Public Transit in the Industrialized World, and the Most Freeways? Taken for a Ride reveals the tragic and little known story of an auto and oil industry campaign, led by General Motors, to buy and dismantle streetcar lines. Across the nation, tracks were torn up, sometimes overnight, and diesel buses placed on city streets. The highway lobby then pushed through Congress a vast network of urban freeways that doubled the cost of the Interstates, fueled suburban development, increased auto dependence, and elicited passionate opposition. Seventeen city freeways were stopped by citizens who would become the leading edge of a new environmental movement. With investigative journalism, vintage archival footage and candid interviews, Taken for a Ride presents a revealing history of our cities in the 20th century that is also a meditation on corporate power, city form, citizen protest and the social and environmental implications of transportation. Taken for a Ride was funded by the Independent Television Service (ITVS).
full review Bill Marvel
Dallas Morning News
AN EXCELLENT DOCUMENTARY! Though this material has been known to scholars for some time, Taken for a Ride pays careful attention to the historical record and uses exciting vintage footage. It should make this rather sordid story known to a far wider public. It is highly recommended for classroom use.
Professor Richard Schott
LBJ School of Public Affairs, University of Texas
A TRAGICALLY IMPORTANT STORY. This valuable documentary should be seen by anyone interested in the crises of America's cities and suburbs.
Author, The Geography of Nowhere
FASCINATING...Taken for a Ride offers strong evidence. It raises unsettling historical questions about why public transit has let the public down.
New York Times
AWARDS & SCREENINGS:
- PBS National Broadcast, P.O.V.