I could suggest a very interesting book I came across just last weekend:
Alex Marshall (2000)
How cities work: suburbs, sprawl, and the roads not taken
Austin: University of Texas Press, 2000, xxvi+243 pp.
Library call number HT166.M259 2000
The author begins the book with a stinging critique of N(ew)
U(rbanism), calling it business as usual suburban development that is
only superficially different from what came before. (Very interesting
comparisons of New Urbanist developments and traditional old towns
here.) He goes on to argue that *everything* else in urban design
depends ultimately on the kinds of transportation infrastructure that
are chosen. Much of the rest of the book goes on to demonstrate this by
looking at the form (and the problems) of numerous cities across the US
and compares the US situation with Europe and elsewhere. He ends the
book by emphasising that any changes to the route urban form has taken
have to start with public, i.e. government-level decision-making, since
the basic infrastructure level decisions (and spending power) are
beyond the private sector.
Copious notes with references to sources for each chapter, plus a
fairly respectable list of selected references at the end of the book.
This is probably one you definitely should look at.
Another book that is complementary to this, and covers much of the same
ground from a somewhat different perspective, is:
Moshie Safdie (with Wendy Cohn) (1997)
The city after the automobile: an architect's vision
Boulder, Colorado: Westview Press, 1997, xii+187 pp.
(No library call number given in this book but it would probably not be
far from the first one in the stacks...)
Safdie acknowledges the importance of transportation decisions on urban
design but brings his architect's perspective to describe other kinds
of design decisions having to do with other functions of space (beyond
transportation) that affect the form cities can take, and illustrates
how he has tried to deal with these questions with several of his own
urban design projects. An interesting book to read along with the first
one for the purposes of comparison.
Best of luck with your research!
Washington DC, USA
>> hi. I'm a high school student about to start a 10-page history paper
>> on modern highways and how they affected city design.
>> I would
>> appreciate it if someone could point me in the right direction or
>> suggest some sources.