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Taking Back the Freeway

Taking Back the Freeway

Strategies of Adaptation and Improvisation

(p.149) 5 Taking Back the Freeway
The Folklore of the Freeway
Eric Avila
University of Minnesota Press

Chapter Five explores how communities impacted by highway construction integrate the freeway into its local context. Considering a variety of cultural practices in disparate urban neighborhoods, this chapter surveys local strategies of adaptation and improvisation, emphasizing how a community asserts its presence upon the freeway landscape.

Keywords:   Interdisciplinary comparative analysis, Urban highway construction, Freeway revolt, Cultural expression, Racial identity and conflict, Postwar America, Race, Class, Marginalization, Infrastructure

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