Italy led the way with construction of the first autostrada, a limited-access, divided road that linked Milan with Varese and Lake Como, a distance of about 30 miles (50 km). Completed in 1925, the autostada was designed for speeds of 36 mph (60 kph), a rapid clip in those days. Primarily intended to serve as a showpiece for the "New Roman Empire" of Benito Mussolini, the autostrada was of limited importance at a time when very few Italians owned cars.Rudi Volti, Cars and Culture: The Life Story of a Technology (Westport: Greenwood Press, 2004; reprinted: Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) 47.
Imagining government out of the garage, out of our pockets, and out of the road business.
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Quotation for the day: Rudi Volti
Posted by Editor at 6:42 AM
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