An Ode to Bus No. 60 and to Public Transportation in Madrid

By Inbal Ofer As a social historian I have always found public services to be a fascinating domain of research. They are a meeting point between theories of progress and the practicality of everyday life, and between the aspirations of professionals, the dictates of national, regional and local bureaucracies, and the needs of different users. […]

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Choosing Perpetual Management: Urban Runoff and the Origins of its Mitigation

Editor’s note: This is the fifth post in our theme for January 2022, Urban Environmentalism. Additional entries can be seen at the end of this article. By Amanda K. Philips de Lucas Regulating Urban Runoff  Presently, cities across the United States battle a microscopic foe. The particulate matter of urban existence, during wet weather events, […]

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The Infrastructure of Movement: Moving the City, an Overview and Bibliography for Urban Transit History

It would be hard to overstate the importance of infrastructure in the lives of Americans. In the nineteenth century, Henry Clay viewed the construction of transportation infrastructure – largely roads and canals – as a means to bind the nation’s communities together as one nation. Abraham Lincoln advocated for much the same. In the twentieth […]

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