Good Day LA's Michaela and I have freeways on the brain... and a love of "the 2"!
Host Stefan of the LifeHacksLA Podcast asked THE most penetrating question of all: Why do Southern Californians put "the" in front of freeway numbers when no one else does??
LA Explorer takes a spin on the Terminal Freeway and says of the book: "Just like Haddad turned an everyday walk into a fun adventure in 10,000 Steps a Day he has proven that freeways are, in fact, rather fascinating in Freewaytopia."
A. Tarantola of engadget is "hitting the books"... and hits on Freewaytopia.
The freeways of Los Angeles are so ubiquitous and functional that they’re easy to ignore. But every mile of elevated roadway was carved from lost landscapes worth knowing. And in his nimbly written, deeply researched, myth-busting book, Paul Haddad chronicles both the growth and what was taken away—most often from the Angelenos who had the least to lose—as the city reshaped itself in the service of cars, speed and sprawl. Recommended for transit policy wonks, local history lovers and anyone who has missed their lane in a complicated cloverleaf and wondered why they built it that way.
―Kim Cooper, Esotouric
With verse and authority, Haddad loops you in in Freewaytopia, an encyclopedic, anecdotal and photographic history of Los Angeles County's two dozen freeways. Open to almost any page and you'll find a saga, a drama, a nugget to amaze your friends.
―Patt Morrison, journalist, Los Angeles Times
Freewaytopia deftly connects dreams, politics, new suburbs, and white privilege to tell the stories of L.A.’s freeways. Hostile to communities of color when they were built and loathed today by gridlocked drivers, the freeways still reveal a rough grandeur in their overpasses and interchanges. When the road ahead is unexpectedly open, L.A.'s freeways can be poetic. Paul Haddad has caught their vital rhythm.
―D. J. Waldie, author of Becoming Los Angeles: Myth, Memory, and a Sense of Place
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