P3 Center in the Media

Book Review: The Folklore of the Freeway


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Center Director Jonathan Gifford recently reviewed the book, The Folklore of the Freeway: Race and Revolt in the Modernist City, by Eric Avila. The review was done for Traditional Dwellings and Settlements Review.

“The book’s primary focus is the “folklore” that emerged in response to the urban Interstates. Avila defines folklore broadly to include poetry, prose, paintings, graffiti, murals, photography, music, dance and performance. He further focuses on the interaction between this and the contemporaneous emergence of movements such as feminism, civil rights, historic preservation, conservation and environmentalism.”

Click here to read Dr. Gifford’s review.