February 3, 2014

The Motordom Meme: Evidence in NYC

Interesting to see how the concept of Motordom – identified first by John Norton in “Fighting Traffic” – is getting picked up.  Here’s an item from treehugger.

… there has been a hundred years of efforts by “Organized Motordom”, as John Massengale calls it, to get pesky pedestrians off the road and out of their way.

But not only did they push the pedestrians out of the road, invent jay-walking to ensure that they stay out of it, but then they stole the sidewalks. This extraordinary photo by John Massengale is shot from the same vantage point as an archival shot. The buildings have lost their light wells and their stoops, and all of their entrances would have been changed internally.



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