Transport of Delight: The Mythical Conception of Rail Transit in Los Angeles
Transport of Delight is a true interdisciplinary work, and includes a thorough analytical assessment of the Los Angeles rail program, with a focus on the Long Beach Blue Line light rail. This insightful book develops a novel theory of myth to explain the construction of rail passenger transit in Los Angeles, a city of automobiles, an area that could have been better served by developing a regional bus system. The author found that a network of symbols, images, and metaphors, instead of solid evidence, led to the notion that light rail was the answer to the transportation problem.
Provocative metaphors—of the need to connect communities and to restore a mythical balance to a dysfunctional transportation system—and symbols—of escape from the pressure cooker of poverty, of urban success, power and, indeed sexual acumen—resulted in the very human need to transcend complexity by providing mythical creations that appear to offer easy answers to society's deepest problems.
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Richmond, Jonathan E.D., "Transport of Delight: The Mythical Conception of Rail Transit in Los Angeles" (2005). The University of Akron Press Publications. 89.