The Resource The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure, Henry Petroski

The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure, Henry Petroski

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The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure
Title
The road taken
Title remainder
the history and future of America's infrastructure
Statement of responsibility
Henry Petroski
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Language
eng
Summary
"Physical infrastructure in the United States is crumbling. The American Society of Civil Engineers has, in its latest report, given American roads and bridges a grade of D and C+, respectively, and has described roughly sixty-five thousand bridges in the United States as 'structurally deficient.' This crisis--and one need look no further than the I-35W bridge collapse in Minnesota to see that it is indeed a crisis--shows little sign of abating short of a massive change in attitude amongst politicians and the American public. In The Road Taken, acclaimed historian Henry Petroski explores our core infrastructure from historical and contemporary perspectives and explains how essential their maintenance is to America's economic health. Recounting the long history behind America's highway system, Petroski reveals the genesis of our interstate numbering system (even roads go east-west, odd go north-south), the inspiration behind the center line that has divided roads for decades, and the creation of such taken-for-granted objects as guardrails, stop signs, and traffic lights--all crucial parts of our national and local infrastructure. His history of the rebuilding of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reveals the complex and challenging interplay between government and industry inherent in the conception, funding, design, and building of major infrastructure projects, while his forensic analysis of the street he lives on--its potholes, gutters, and curbs--will engage homeowners everywhere. A compelling work of history, The Road Taken is also an urgent clarion call aimed at American citizens, politicians, and anyone with a vested interest in our economic well-being. The road we take in the next decade toward rebuilding our aging infrastructure will in large part determine our future national prosperity"--
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Petroski, Henry
Dewey number
388.10973
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
HE355.3.E3
LC item number
P48 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Roads
  • Roads
  • Roads
  • Roads
  • Interstate Highway System
  • Infrastructure (Economics)
  • TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING
  • POLITICAL SCIENCE
  • Economic history
  • Infrastructure (Economics)
  • Interstate Highway System
  • Roads
  • Roads
  • Roads
  • Roads
  • United States
  • United States
Label
The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure, Henry Petroski
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-304) and index
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volume
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  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The road taken : givens, choices, forks, sighs -- The road not taken : words, reports, and grades -- Roads : dirt, stone, wood, concrete, asphalt -- Diverged : transcontinental journeys and interstate dreams -- Yellow : center lines, stop signs, traffic lights -- Could not travel : earthquakes, envy, and embarrassments -- In the undergrowth : elevateds, subways, and engineers -- Just as fair : location, location, location-- and financing -- Perhaps the better claim : iconic, signature, and stunning spans -- Because it was : guardrails, medians, and Jersey barriers -- Grassy and wanted wear : streets, lawns, speed bumps, potholes -- The passing there : sidewalks, curbs, gutters, horses, pavements -- Had worn them really : quality, shoddiness, and survivor bias -- About the same : good enough bridges and bad enough tools -- Lay in leaves : triage, budgets, and choices, again -- Trodden black : corruption, graft, waste, fraud, abuse -- For another day : trust funds, fuel taxes, and politics -- How way leads on to way : economics, wrong turns, and political choices -- Ever come back : pedestrians, preservationists, parks -- Telling this with a sigh : public-private partnerships : plusses and minuses -- Ages and ages hence : smart cars and pothole-free roads
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 322 pages
Isbn
9781632863607
Lccn
2015018674
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)922799424
  • 621811
  • (OCoLC)ocn922799424
  • 621811
Label
The road taken : the history and future of America's infrastructure, Henry Petroski
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 285-304) 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
The road taken : givens, choices, forks, sighs -- The road not taken : words, reports, and grades -- Roads : dirt, stone, wood, concrete, asphalt -- Diverged : transcontinental journeys and interstate dreams -- Yellow : center lines, stop signs, traffic lights -- Could not travel : earthquakes, envy, and embarrassments -- In the undergrowth : elevateds, subways, and engineers -- Just as fair : location, location, location-- and financing -- Perhaps the better claim : iconic, signature, and stunning spans -- Because it was : guardrails, medians, and Jersey barriers -- Grassy and wanted wear : streets, lawns, speed bumps, potholes -- The passing there : sidewalks, curbs, gutters, horses, pavements -- Had worn them really : quality, shoddiness, and survivor bias -- About the same : good enough bridges and bad enough tools -- Lay in leaves : triage, budgets, and choices, again -- Trodden black : corruption, graft, waste, fraud, abuse -- For another day : trust funds, fuel taxes, and politics -- How way leads on to way : economics, wrong turns, and political choices -- Ever come back : pedestrians, preservationists, parks -- Telling this with a sigh : public-private partnerships : plusses and minuses -- Ages and ages hence : smart cars and pothole-free roads
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
xi, 322 pages
Isbn
9781632863607
Lccn
2015018674
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)922799424
  • 621811
  • (OCoLC)ocn922799424
  • 621811

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