The Fight for the Los Angeles Metro Rail and the Future of the City


Author: Ethan N. Elkind

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520957202

Category: History

Page: 320

View: 6500

The familiar image of Los Angeles as a metropolis built for the automobile is crumbling. Traffic, air pollution, and sprawl motivated citizens to support urban rail as an alternative to driving, and the city has started to reinvent itself by developing compact neighborhoods adjacent to transit. As a result of pressure from local leaders, particularly with the election of Tom Bradley as mayor in 1973, the Los Angeles Metro Rail gradually took shape in the consummate car city. Railtown presents the history of this system by drawing on archival documents, contemporary news accounts, and interviews with many of the key players to provide critical behind-the-scenes accounts of the people and forces that shaped the system. Ethan Elkind brings this important story to life by showing how ambitious local leaders zealously advocated for rail transit and ultimately persuaded an ambivalent electorate and federal leaders to support their vision. Although Metro Rail is growing in ridership and political importance, with expansions in the pipeline, Elkind argues that local leaders will need to reform the rail planning and implementation process to avoid repeating past mistakes and to ensure that Metro Rail supports a burgeoning demand for transit-oriented neighborhoods in Los Angeles. This engaging history of Metro Rail provides lessons for how the American car-dominated cities of today can reinvent themselves as thriving railtowns of tomorrow.

Minetown, Milltown, Railtown

Life in Canadian Communities of Single Industry


Author: Rex A. Lucas

Publisher: CNIB, [197-]


Category: Canada

Page: 433

View: 4853

Explores links between economic resources, industrial structure and social patterns in Canada. 600 communities from coast to coast used in study, several north of 60 degrees, and many in mid-Canada development corridor.

Interstate Commerce Commission Reports

Reports and Decisions of the Interstate Commerce Commission of the United States


Author: United States. Interstate Commerce Commission

Publisher: N.A


Category: Interstate commerce

Page: N.A

View: 5018

Zack and the Validators: Good as Gold


Author: Wayne Hunt

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465358172

Category: Fiction

Page: 137

View: 4350

This third book in a series continues the adventures of Zack, a handsome and intelligent donkey, and his donkey friends Zelda, Willie, and Pedro. Zack and his three donkey friends are faced with a new problem. Unless the horses on Mr. Bumbys horse ranch join the farm animals at the new Donohue Historic Farm Center, the center is not likely to be successful. Believing that the horses have more talents than just running races, Zack and his friends must find a way to discover those talents. Again, using one of Profound Pigs brilliant ideas, Zack and his friends begin a new positive mission. With the help of Profound Pigs uncle, Professor Pig, they begin to teach the animals to look for the good in others. The idea is to see a good quality or talent in another animal, tell them about it, and ask them to use it to help others. With this new idea, the horses do discover their other good talents and decide to use them at the new Donohue Historic Farm Center. This new idea of Professor Pig is called validation of others. It is so successful that it becomes the new mission of Zack and the Validators, the name Zack and his donkey friends take on as a new singing group.


Rail Town to Regional Capital


Author: C.M. Wallace

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 145971363X

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 7384

At the turn of the century Sudbury was a town set on the railway line, with a population of about 2,000. The community was smaller than Sault Ste. Marie and Copper Cliff to the west, and to the east, North Bay and Pembroke. Now, nearly 100 years later, Sudbury is the largest city in northeastern Ontario. it is also the centre of many governmental, business, social, educational, media, medical, and other professional services in the region. Sudbury: Rail Town to Regional Capital, which honours the centenary of the community’s incorporation as a town in 1893, analyses Sudbury decade by decade, describing the ongoing changes in the community and their impact on citizens. The book also examines the forces that shaped the city’s destiny and argues that Sudbury is far more than a single-industry town based on mining. Grounded in new research and written in an accessible style by a team of local scholars, the book, with numerous maps and photographs will appeal to urban historians as well as the general reader both within and beyond the city.

Railroads of California

Seeing the State by Rail


Author: P. R. Griswold

Publisher: American Traveler Press

ISBN: 9781558381216

Category: Travel

Page: 48

View: 9547

California offers travellers a gold mine of railroad points of interest. California has it all: narrow gauge, logging railroads, cable cars, trolleys, interurbans, light rail, main line limiteds, model railroads, historic depots, museums, tourist railroads, and mountain passes. California railroads began in the dark days of the Civil War. Californians have developed numerous railroad museums and tourist railroads that recall the state's wonderful railroad history, making this a true rail fans paradise.

From Meteorite Impact to Constellation City

A Historical Geography of Greater Sudbury


Author: Oiva W. Saarinen

Publisher: Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press

ISBN: 1554588758

Category: History

Page: 404

View: 7903

From Meteorite Impact to Constellation City is a historical geography of the City of Greater Sudbury. The story that began billions of years ago encompasses dramatic physical and human events. Among them are volcanic eruptions, two meteorite impacts, the ebb and flow of continental glaciers, Aboriginal occupancy, exploration and mapping by Europeans, exploitation by fur traders and Canadian lumbermen and American entrepreneurs, the rise of global mining giants, unionism, pollution and re-greening, and the creation of a unique constellation city of 160,000. The title posits the book’s two main themes, one physical in nature and the other human: the great meteorite impact of some 1.85 billion years ago and the development of Sudbury from its inception in 1883. Unlike other large centres in Canada that exhibit a metropolitan form of development with a core and surrounding suburbs, Sudbury developed in a pattern resembling a cluster of stars of differing sizes. Many of Sudbury’s most characteristic attributes are undergoing transformation. Its rocky terrain and the negative impact from mining companies are giving way to attractive neighbourhoods and the planting of millions of trees. Greater Sudbury’s blue-collar image as a union powerhouse in a one-industry town is also changing; recent advances in the fields of health, education, retailing, and the local and international mining supply and services sector have greatly diversified its employment base. This book shows how Sudbury evolved from a village to become the regional centre for northeastern Ontario and a global model for economic diversification and environmental rehabilitation.