The contemporary urban experience is defined by flow and structured by circulating people, objects, and energy. Geographers have long provided key insights into transportation systems. But today, concerns for social justice and sustainability motivate new, critical approaches to mobilities. Reimagining the city prompts an important question: How best to rethink urban geographies of transport and mobility? This original book explores connections – in theory and practice – between transport geographies and "new mobilities" in the production of urban space. It provides a broad introduction to intersecting perspectives of urban geography, transport geography, and mobilities studies on urban "places of flows." Diverse, international, and leading-edge contributions reinterpret everyday intersections as nodes, urban corridors as links, cities and regions as networks, and the discourses and imaginaries that frame the politics and experiences of mobility. The chapters illuminate nearly all aspects of urban transport, from street regulation and roadway planning, intended and "subversive" practices of car and truck drivers, planning and promotion of mass transit investments, and the restructuring of freight and logistics networks. Together these offer a unique and important contribution for social scientists, planners, and others interested in the politics of the city on the move.
Table of Contents
Approaching the City as Place of Flows. Foreword 1: Transportation Geographies and Mobilities Studies: Toward Collaboration Susan Hanson Foreword 2: Mobilizing Transportation, Transporting Mobilities Mimi Sheller 1. Introduction: Transportation, Mobilities, and Rethinking Urban Geographies of Flow David Prytherch and Julie Cidell Part I: Intersections: Everyday Places as Nodes 2. Rules of the Road: Choreographing Mobility in the Everyday Intersection David Prytherch 3. Concrete Politics and Subversive Drivers on the Roads of Hyderabad, India Bascom Guffin 4. A Bridge Too Far: Traffic Engineering Science and the Politics of Rebuilding Milwaukee's Hoan Bridge Gregg Culver Part II: Corridors: Links in the Network 5. From Climate Fight to Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility and the Right to the City Jason Henderson 6. The Social Life of Truck Routes Peter V. Hall 7. Uncanny Trains: Cities, Suburbs, and the Appropriate Place and Use of Transportation Infrastructure Julie Cidell Part III: Networks: Cities and Regions in Wider Context 8. Place-Making, Mobility, and Identity: The Politics and Poetics of Urban Mass Transit Systems in Taiwan Anru Lee 9. Contesting the Networked Metropolis: The Grand Paris Regime of Metromobility Theresa Enright 10. Towards a City-Regional Politics of Mobility: In-Between Critical Mobilities and the Political Economy of Urban Transportation Jean-Paul D. Addie Part IV: Circulation: Assemblages and Experiences of Mobility 11. Selling the Region as Hub: The Promises, Beliefs, and Contradictions of Economic Development Strategies Attracting Logistics and Flows Markus Hesse 12. The Politics of Public Transit in Post-Suburban Toronto Christian Mettke 13. Place-Framing and Regulation of Mobility Flows in Metropolitan "In-Betweens" Sophie L. Van Neste 14. "Peace, Love & Fun:" An Aerial Cable Car and the Traveling Favela Bianca Freire-Medeiros and Leonardo Name Moving Forward 15. Rethinking Mobility at the Urban-Transportation-Geography Nexus Andrew E.G. Jonas
Julie Cidell is Associate Professor of Geography and GIS at the University of Illinois.
David Prytherch is Associate Professor of Geography at Miami University.