The Use of Streets: A Reassessment and Tribute to Donald Appleyard

The main objective of this paper is to summarize how the use of streets has been treated in the literature and to enhance the essential role of Donald Appleyard's work in challenging traditional views; the latter objective is related to the remembrance of the 20th anniversary of his death and represents a tribute to his work. The way people use streets has been analyzed by traditional traffic engineering techniques, conveying the idea that such technical treatment is neutral. This way of thinking underestimates or disregards completely the social and political aspects of urban circulation, especially in developing countries, where traffic environments are much more complex that those of the developed world. Among those working in developed countries, Appleyard seems to be the first to use, in a systematic way, a role-conflict approach when analyzing the use of streets, replacing a strictly technical and economic view with a social and political view. Appleyard's work, although unfinished due to his untimely death, was crucial to the development of a sociology of transport.

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    • de Vasconcellos, Eduardo Alcantara
  • Publication Date: 2004-2


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 3-22
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  • Accession Number: 01000122
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2005 9:11PM