Nye, David E. Consuming Power
United States: 1998
Pages 4 and 179
In their daily rounds, Americans have come to depend on more heat, light, and power than any other people, including those with equal levels of development. The Processes of capitalism and industrialization alone do not explain this rapid development or this national difference. Culture does....
In the decentralized world of automotive distances, most of the life of the street disappeared, including vendors, delivery boys, the casual walk, the accidental encounter, the corner drugstore, the local cafe, the neighborhood store, sidewalk displays, and the sidewalks themselves. For those who chose to remain in the central city, the street was transformed form a social space of encounter into a transportation artery.