The Lost Subways of North America with Jake Berman (Virtual Event)

August 16, 2024 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
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Why is it that the mass transit systems of most cities in the United States are now utterly inadequate? In the old days, transit-oriented development was the norm, but since World War II, that hasn't been the case. The result has been empty trains, underbuilt downtowns, and a housing shortage.  Jake Berman offers a new way to consider this question: through cartography.  Jake discusses and visualizes past, present, and unbuilt urban transit, and the land use policies that enable mass transit to work.

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About the Speaker: 

Jake Berman is a cartographer, writer, artist, and lawyer. His work has been featured in the New YorkerViceAtlas Obscura, and the Guardian. A native of San Francisco, he now lives in New York City.

This summer, CURA and The Research Commons are hosting a series of presentations featuring scholars engaged in research with historical maps to illuminate the links between urban challenges and impacts old and new.

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