10 Streets That Changed America

Geoffrey Baer discovers how streets have connected the nation, divided communities, and changed the way Americans live, work, and shop. Trace Broadway’s 400-year evolution from Native American trail to Dutch trading route to the home of America’s first public transit service and a thriving theater district. Ride on the Boston Post Road, a dirt “highway” created for the nation’s first mail carriers. Take America’s oldest streetcar line to some of the nation’s first suburbs in New Orleans, and drive a Model T along America’s first mile of concrete-paved road in Detroit. Explore a car-friendly street created by a 1920s entrepreneur who predicted that Los Angeles would be dominated by the automobile, and take a horse and carriage ride on a Brooklyn parkway.

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