Taking the position that America’s love affair with cars and highways is not a cultural phenomenon but a problem of entrenched economic and political forces, this manifesto chronicles the rise of the U.S. highway system from its orchestrated genesis to our current alarming reliance on automobiles. With a format that incorporates a blend of cartoons, historic photographs and minimal text, this handbook reveals the players, the money and the politics that have led to our petroleum dependence and endless miles of asphalt. It begins by analyzing the environmental impact of driving and ends by offering a blueprint for rebuilding a more sustainable transportation system that could save American cities and the planet.
Andy Singer is a cartoonist and illustrator whose drawings have appeared in numerous magazines and publications, including the Boston Globe, Discover, Esquire, the New Yorker, the Saint Paul Pioneer Press, and the Washington Post. At its peak, his weekly, self-syndicated comic strip, “No Exit,” ran in 24 papers. He is the co-chair of the Saint Paul Bicycle Coalition. He lives in Saint Paul, Minnesota.