Interstate Highways Research Paper by MaxJMu

Interstate Highways
An analysis of the commercialization surrounding America's interstate highways.
# 104013 | 3,284 words | 8 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Jun 01, 2008 in Engineering (General) , Economics (General)

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This paper is a discussion on how America's interstate highways have affected its commercial growth over the years. Included in this study are the following topics: post roads and early travel routes, growth and sprawl benefits and effects, right-of-way and eminent domain, the role of the railroad in human and freight travel, the role of the automobile, and a short study on Route 66 in its heyday.

Early European Models
Early American Travel Routes
The Railroad
The Automobile
Route 66
Infrastructure Issues
The Interstate's Role in Growth and Sprawl

From the Paper:

"The highway, or Interstate as it is formally called, has facilitated a drastic growth in American lifestyle, planning, and design, in urban, rural, and suburban regions. Some contend that the invention, production, and utilization of the automobile created the need for a broad network of interstates, while others say that this relationship was formulated the other way around. However, most will agree that the highway is a more efficient means of travel and of transporting goods. Additionally, it creates opportunity for growth along its corridors--from suburbs to shopping malls to rural rest stops, many businesses have boomed due to their proximity to the highway."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Association of Railroads.
  • Duany, Andres et al. Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and Decline of the American Dream. (c) 2000 North Point Press, Inc.
  • Gelernter, Mark. A History of American Architecture. (c)1999 University Press of New England, Hanover, NH.
  • Gibbons, Gail. From Path to Highway: The Story of the Boston Post Road. (c) 1986 HarperCollins
  • Kostof, Spiro. A History of Architecture. (c)1985 Oxford University Press, New York.

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