Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street

  title={Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street},
  author={Peter Norton},
  journal={Technology and Culture},
  pages={331 - 359}
  • P. Norton
  • Published 21 May 2007
  • History
  • Technology and Culture
Before the American city could be physically reconstructed to accommodate automobiles, its streets had to be socially reconstructed as places where cars belong. Until then, streets were regarded as public spaces, where practices that endangered or obstructed others (including pedestrians) were disreputable. Motorists' claim to street space was therefore fragile, subject to restrictions that threatened to negate the advantages of car ownership. Epithets—especially joy rider—reflected and… 

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