Main Street to Miracle Mile: American Roadside Architecture / Edition 1 available in Paperback
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- Johns Hopkins University Press
First published in 1985, Chester Liebs' Main Street to Miracle Mile established the twentieth-century roadside landscape as a subject for serious study. Liebs traces the transformation of commercial development as it has moved from centralized main streets, out along the street car lines, to form the "miracle miles" and shopping malls of today. He also explores the evolution of roadside buildings, from supermarkets and motels to automobile showrooms and drive-in theaters. Both an historical survey and invaluable guide for reading highway landscapes, this classic workwhich has inspired numerous studies, museum exhibits, and preservation effortsis now back in print with new commentary by the author.
|Publisher:||Johns Hopkins University Press|
|Product dimensions:||8.50(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Chester H. Liebs is professor of history and was founding director of the Historic Preservation Program at the University of Vermont. He has published widely in areas ranging from reading everyday landscapes to the study of heritage transportation corridors. A Fulbright Scholar, his most recent research involves reading the everyday landscape of Japan.
What People are Saying About This
Main Street to Miracle Mile is the first book I have found that treats our contemporary American roadside architecture with the serious attention it deserves. Every traveller will relish the insights Liebs provides, and urbanists and architectural historians will welcome the treatment of the strip as a form of contemporary vernacular.