Finding “Improvement” in the Language Transportation Planners Use: A Critical Discourse Analysis to Illustrate an Automobile-Centric Bias in Transportation Policymaking

This research considers the urban planning situations in which transportation planners implicitly or explicitly use the term “improvement.” To answer their research questions—what do planners and policymakers mean by improvement, and how do these improvements challenge or reinforce car-centered transportation planning—the authors conducted a discourse analysis on documents from 50 cities, counties, and state departments of transportation. Using a critical discourse analysis, they find that perceptions about what is a transportation infrastructure “improvement” reveals policymakers’ and planners’ situatedness, defines for themselves and the public they serve “correct” travel methods, and upholds the car-centric status quo in the United States.

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  • Accession Number: 01736860
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 22 2020 12:27PM