Airports, Cities, and the Jet Age

US Airports Since 1945

  • Janet R. Bednarek

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. From 30,000 Feet to Ground Level

  3. Response to the Jet Age

  4. Jets, Noise, and Unhappy Neighbors

  5. Security: Hijackings, Hare Krishna, and September 11

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 257-291

About this book


This book explores the relationship between cities and their commercial airports.  These vital transportation facilities are locally owned and managed and civic leaders and boosters have made them central to often expansive economic development dreams, including the construction of architecturally significant buildings.  However, other metropolitan residents have paid a high price for the expansion of air transportation, as battles over jet aircraft noise resulted not only in quieter jet engine technologies, but profound changes in the metropolitan landscape with the clearance of both urban and suburban neighborhoods.  And in the wake of 9/11, the US commercial airport has emerged as the place where Americans most fully experience the security regime introduced after those terrorist attacks. 


Airports in America in the 20th century post 9/11 airport security urban design and airports airline deregulation jet age global expansion

Authors and affiliations

  • Janet R. Bednarek
    • 1
  1. 1.University of DaytonCollege ParkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-31194-4
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-31195-1
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