This article reviews three books that make important contributions to our understanding of how city streets and sidewalks are structured, and thus what their social and political potential might and might not be. Each of the books shows how streets and sidewalks are produced through the operationalization of what one of the authors calls “traffic logic.” This traffic logic, the three books together show, is vital to understand if we are ever to see it supplanted by a more progressive “political logic” for the governing of city space.
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Book Review| October 01 2012
Traffic Logic and Political Logic
Rights of Passage: Sidewalks and the Regulation of Public Flow(
2011); ISBN 978–0–415–5761–4, cloth US$125.00; 978–0–415–59837–8, paper US$36.55.
One Less Car: Bicycling and the Politics of Automobility(
Temple University Press,
2010); ISBN 978–1–59213–613–1, paper, US$24.95.
Loukaitou-Sideris, Anastasia and Ehrenfeucht, Renia,
Sidewalks: Conflict and Negotiation over Public Space(
2009). ISBN 978–0–12307–5, cloth; US$29.00; 978–0–262–51741–6, paper US$ 15.00.
Radical History Review (2012) 2012 (114): 165–173.
Don Mitchell; Traffic Logic and Political Logic. Radical History Review 1 October 2012; 2012 (114): 165–173. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/01636545-1598051
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