How did symbols of American industrial heyday become living tributes to the Cuban Revolution? A Spring 2013 article from Focus on Georgraphy exploring that topic has been added to the Resource Center database.
Cuba has been called the world’s largest open-air antique car museum. To anyone who visits Cuba, it is all but impossible to miss the pre-1960s American-made cars that daily ply the roads (Figure 1). The vintage cars from such manufacturing giants as Ford, Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, and Chrysler as well as long-forgotten DeSotos, Nashs, Packards, Studebakers, and Edsels are ubiquitous on Cuban roads, especially in Havana. As the volume of international tourists (especially from the U.S.) increases, and articles in the popular press about the Island become more prevalent, awareness of this fleet of old American cars continues to grow. But few visitors understand the lengths to which Cubans go to keep these classic cars running. What is the cultural message carried in some of Detroit’s most extravagant creations? What explains the extraordinary efforts to keep the cacharros (jalopies) running? The purpose of this article is to identify some of the forces behind the…
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Blogosphere: What Does $2B of BRT Look Like?
Over on their Facebook page, OPAL links to an old Jarrett Walker column from three years ago, "bus-rail debates in a beautiful abstract city, and in los angeles". In it, he poses the question of which is a better use of transit dollars:..
Blogosphere: Metro Board Chooses Subway Route
The final route and station locations of the second and third phase of the Westside Subway…
When I went to China last year, it made me very optimistic about the future for Cuba suddenly. The basic story of China, after all, is that reform works. It works for Chinese people, and it works for the Chinese government too... Read On