Category: New & Notable Acquisitions

Metro Library’s Recent Acquisitions

New & Notable: Inventing L.A.’s Autopia, Rival Trancontinental Rails, Rules For Sustainable Communities & Transportation Privatization

In 1920, as its population began to explode, Los Angeles was a largely pastoral city of bungalows and palm trees. Thirty years later, choked with smog and traffic, the city had become synonymous with urban sprawl and unplanned growth. Yet…

New And Notable: Transport For Suburbia, ArcGIS & High Speed Passenger Rail

The need for effective public transport is greater than ever in the 21st century. With countries like China and India moving towards mass-automobility, we face the prospects of an environmental and urban health disaster unless alternatives are found–it is time…

New And Notable: Strategic Collaboration In Public & Non-Profit, Managing Public Sector Projects, Government Contracting

This week, we highlight three new titles from the ASPA Series in Public Administration and Public Policy. Market disruptions, climate change, and health pandemics lead the growing list of challenges faced by today’s leaders. These issues, along with countless others…

New And Notable: Cities For People, Transportation Infrastructure Security, Railway Noise And Vibration

For more than forty years Jan Gehl has helped to transform urban environments around the world based on his research into the ways people actually use — or could use — the spaces where they live and work. In Cities…

New And Notable: All Roads Lead To Congress, Green Metropolis & Innovating For Sustainability

We wanted to take a few moments to again discuss some of our more interesting recent acquisitions here at the Metro Transportation Library. The legislative process can seem mechanical and dry While learning procedures like the markup or cloture. What…

New And Notable: Traffic & Gridlock, Becoming An Urban Planner, Sustainable Urban Design, Transportation In A Climate-Constrained World

Gridlock: Why We’re Stuck In Traffic And What To Do About It by Randal O’Toole (Washington, D.C. : Cato Institute, 2009) “O’Toole’s Gridlock is a brilliant ode to mobility, which he argues is the foundation of our freedom and our…

1922 Los Angeles: Unprecedented Growth, Congestion And A Plan For Relief

We recently discovered a fascinating 1922 PhD. dissertation from University of California, Berkeley that is a treasure-trove of various maps and charts. J.M. Terrass wrote his Study and Plan of Relief of the Street Traffic Congestion in the City of…

How We Commute: Moving Into The "State Of Metropolitan America"

Earlier this month, The Brookings Institution disseminated State Of Metropolitan America: On The Front Lines Of Demographic Transformation. This landmark 172-page report details the demographic and social trends shaping the nation’s essential economic and societal units—its large metropolitan areas—and discusses…