Edited by Robin Hickman, Moshe Givoni, David Bonilla and David Banister
Chapter 1: The transport and development relationship
Arthur Miller’s ( 2000: 12) famous prose on the aspiration for life in suburbia, sometimes followed by the diffidence with it, nicely encapsulates the focus of this edited collection: Linda: We should’ve bought the land next door. Willy: The street is lined with cars. There’s not a breath of fresh air in the neighbourhood. The grass don’t grow anymore, you can’t raise a carrot in the backyard. They should’ve had a law against apartment houses. Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? When I and Biff hung the swing between them? Linda: Yeah, like being a million miles from the city. There has been much discussion about the relationships between the built form and travel, and between transport investment and development, with many differences in opinion offered. There are wider factors that influence the relationships, such as individual and societal attitudes, and changes also occur over time. This area of research – the changing nexus between transport and development – has been examined and debated since at least the late 1800s, from the building of the early railway systems in Europe; through to the development of the major highway and motorway networks in the United States and Europe from the 1920s onwards, and continuing in many contexts.