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Law, Engineering, and the American Right-of-Way

Imagining a More Just Street

  • Illuminates how technical intricacies of law and engineering exert powerful roles in the spatiality and social life of streets

  • Is situated at the intersection of vibrant theoretical and policy debates

  • Links theories of socio-spatial justice on the street to the practices that design and regulate the roadway


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. David Prytherch
    Pages 1-10
  3. A Right to a More Just Street?

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 11-11
  4. Traditional Traffic Law and Design

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 33-33
    2. David Prytherch
      Pages 53-76
    3. David Prytherch
      Pages 77-106
  5. Reimagining and Redesigning the American Street

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 205-210

About this book


This book explores the geography of the everyday roadway and contemplates how regulation and design shape our streets. People may question the hegemony of cars, but reimagining public streets is a major conceptual and technical challenge. Drawing from “new mobilities” and transport studies, Prytherch addresses how streets are structured by policy standards; what it means to have a right to the street; and how a more just street would look—in both theory and practice. He summarizes key traffic statutes, case laws, and engineering manuals, and interprets these in relation to mobility rights and justice. At its core, the book moves beyond criticism to highlight emerging movements which aim to develop more complete and livable streets for everyone.


Urban Planning Urban Geography Urban Mobility Transportation Studies Transportation Planning Social Justice Transit Equity Ethics and Policy-making Public Policy Transport Geography Social-spatial Relations

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.GeographyMiami UniversityOxford, OHUSA

About the authors

David Prytherch is Professor of Geography at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, USA. He has served on the Oxford Planning Commission and City Council, focusing on sustainability and intermodal transportation.

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