Rdily this is a great read Schrag gets deeply into the process of building Metro the DC subway system He s over interested and neurotic about the details and I loved every second of it Got into grad school for transportation planning in DC a year after finishing this book nearly to the day Coincidenceyeah probably While reading this book I didn t enjoy the style of prose however all the information I learned has wormed its way into of my conversations than I ever would have predicted I am very glad to have read it This is a very detailed look at the building of the Washington DC Metro System The Most Interesting Part Was The Effect The System The most interesting part was the effect the system had on the areas around each Metro station This book was of special interest to me as I visit the area twice a year and always ride the metro Further I was with one of the contractors employed on the system in the "1970 S Lot Of Memories In Those Tunnels Should Be "s Lot of memories in those tunnels Should be reading for everyone in DC It made me laugh be reading for everyone in DC It made me laugh made me cry it made me think and it maybe ust maybe restored a little of my hope in Metro s future After all the system has already made it through an unimaginable amount of crap and interference What s one decade of political strife and lack of fundsI moved to DC in 2004 when the Green Line was finally finished and the final Red and Blue Line stops mere months from opening The metro map save for the Silver Line and various rush plus nonsense has been fairly static for my residency and so it s easy for me to think of the Metro as an edifice that has always existed fully formed and forget that only a few years before I came to town vast stretches of what I take for granted simply didn t exist Likewise I know that as a This was a fascinating in depth account of the Washington Metro Following the process from its very beginnings as a plan contrary to freeway development the book finishes up near present day with the opening of the final 5 Green Line stations and the extension of the Blue Line to Largo. Ay from Arlington to College Park Eisenhower to Marion BarryUnlike the pre–World War II rail systems of New York Chicago and Philadelphia the Metro was built at a time when most American families already owned cars and when most American cities had dedicated themselves to freeways not subways Why did the nation's capital take a different path What were the conseuences of that decisionUsing extensive archival research as well as oral history Schrag argues that the Metro can be understood only in the political context from which it was born the Great Society liberalism of the Kennedy Johnson and Nixon administrations The Metro emerged from a period when Americans believed in. .
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MDI would recommend parts of the book to anyone but "It Will Be Best Enjoyed By DC Metro Riders Some "will be best enjoyed by DC Metro riders Some the most interesting sections were the anecdotes explaining names of stations locations of the lines and the design of the Metro riding the trains whileafter reading this book has the trains whileafter reading this book has an experience as you see the legacy of WMATA s early history for better or worseThe early bits are a bit of a slog as keeping track of several commissions and agencies can get somewhat tedious However it was well worth plowing through if anything it gave me a new appreciation for the difficulties of bring a project to fruition under bureaucracy The author also has a knack for giving some background on the people involved turning them into uirky characters instead of mere pencil pushers and architectsThe storyline effectively illustrates the tension amongst the different urisdictions MD VA DC and the Feds The Metro had to display some convex combination of cost effectiveness euality in service and aesthetic uality suitable for the nation s capital Each political entity had its own ideal mixture which led to gridlock at timesThe book is an exercise in political economy and reminds us that our leaders are constantly forced to make tradeoffs in any planning process It also delineates DC s uniue political position as something of a federal city it has less say over its fate than most but also has a sometimes willing patron on the Hill A very detailed look at the creation of the metro from the politics to the design of the stations I ve been riding metro for the past twelve plus years and I m never surprised about what I see there The author makes the point that the metro invokes a sense of pride for the riders and a sense of ownership and I would agree with those sentiments I would suggest that the author write a new
chapter about the last twelve years i wouldabout the last twelve years I would interested to see what he includes Doors opening right side As a Washingtonian mass transit nerd this book was great. Public investments suited to the grandeur and dignity of the world's richest nation The Metro was built not merely to move commuters but in the words of Lyndon Johnson to create a place where the city of man serves not only the needs of the body and the demands of commerce but the desire for beauty and the hunger for communitySchrag scrutinizes the project from its earliest days including general planning routes station architecture funding decisions land use impacts and the behavior of Metro riders The story of the Great Society Subway sheds light on the development of metropolitan Washington postwar urban policy and the promises and limits of rail transit in American citi.
Schrag has written a great history of the planning and construction the Washington Metro and adroitly describes the political processes that both threatened and facilitated Metro Being the construction the Washington Metro and adroitly describes the political processes that both threatened and facilitated Metro Being the s capital meant that Metro got pulled into political currents some having to do with home rule some with the fragmented urisdictions of the DMV some regarding specific to DC uirks such as the arts commission and some regarding Congressional control over the District Moreover Metro in DC was seen as symbolic for the nation as "A Whole These Peculiarities "whole These peculiarities helped and hindered Metro depending on the circumstances Schrag pays great attention to the idea that mass transit is than simply a way to move people and uestions whether we give infrastructure the same appropriate credit today The Great Society Subway addresses myths and lingering uestions why there s no subway in Georgetown why the Green Line was finished so late even why the Red Line is buried so deep and the escalator at Dupont is so long and digs into the local politics of the 1960s and 1970sThe book is a wonderful story of how Metro and its original network came to be What would be useful is on the recent history of Metro as Schrag veers into anecdotes and small bits and gives far less detail regarding the status of Metro s service today changes since the 1970s and decisions to expand from the initial network More detail on other forms of transit in the area would be interesting in order to understand how Metro fits into the whole And there is to be written about how Metro changed the city one can only write so much and Schrag touches on the changes to central Washington while focusing mostly on the subway itself However for anyone wishing to know why the subway is what it is
and how political institutions played an important role in its development there is probably not a betterhow political institutions played an important role in its development there is probably not a better available So much than a book on the Metro it s a social and political history of the region post WWII Astonishingly ne. Drivers in the nation's capital face a host of hazards high speed traffic circles presidential motorcades aywalking tourists and bewildering signs that send unsuspecting motorists from the Lincoln Memorial into suburban Virginia in less than two minutes And parking Don't bet on it unless you're in the fast lane of the Capital Beltway during rush hourLittle wonder then that so many residents and visitors rely on the Washington Metro the 106 mile rapid transit system that serves the District of Columbia and its inner suburbs In the first comprehensive history of the Metro Zachary M Schrag tells the story of the Great Society Subway from its earliest rumblings to the present ,