PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION AND YOU, AND ME, AND MID-SIZED CITIES: WHY WE DON’T HAVE THE TRANSIT WE DESERVE, AND WHAT WE CAN DO ABOUT IT
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis thesis is a creative nonfiction piece that examines the relationship between public transportation and mid-sized American cities. The problem of bad public transit — transit that is underdeveloped, unreliable, and not useful — is identified. The development of American suburbia that resulted in the current car-centric culture and the dangers that automobile reliance creates are explored, with a specific focus on the city of Tucson, Arizona. Walkable cities are introduced as a component that is key to creating good public transportation. Specific objectives for making cities more walkable and improving public transportation are discussed, illustrated with Tucson-specific examples and personal opinions from Tucson residents. Finally, the piece ends with an argument that individuals can help improve conditions in their city by being an active and aware member of the community.
Degree ProgramCreative Writing