Interstate 69: the unfinished history of the last great American highway

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2010.
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Interstate 69 is an enlightening journey through the heart of America. With this epic tale of one vast and controversial road project, Matt Dellinger brings to life the country's complex political, social, and economic landscape.

The 1,400-mile extension of I-69 south from Indianapolis, if completed, will connect Canada to Mexico through Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas. This so-called NAFTA highway has been in development for two decades, and while segments are under construction today, others may never be built. Eagerly anticipated by many as an economic godsend, I-69 has also been opposed by environmentalists, farmers, ranchers, anarchists, and others who question both the wisdom of building more highways and the merits of globalization.

Part history, part travelogue, Interstate 69 reveals the surprising story of how this extraordinary undertaking began, introduces us to the array of individuals who have worked tirelessly for years to build the road--or to stop it--and guides us through the many places the highway would transform forever: from sprawling cities like Indianapolis, Houston, and Memphis to the small rural towns of the Midwestern rust belt, the Mississippi Delta, and south Texas.

This book vividly illustrates that the story of America is indeed the story of transportation--and that story continues. In an era when bridges fall, levies fail, and states lease their toll roads to foreign-owned corporations, Americans are realizing the central importance of infrastructure, how it affects our standard of living and quality of life and how it determines which places prosper and which places fade.

Matt Dellinger connects these dots with an absorbingly human, on-the-ground examination of our country's struggle with development. Interstate 69 captures the hopes, dreams, and fears surrounding what we build and what we leave behind.

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table_of_contents A line on the map. Overture ; A big breakfast ; The long drive ; A plane ride ; The hotel lobby ; The Washington lobby -- Indiana. The crossroads of America ; Small towns, big dreams ; When this was all field ; How things have changed ; New developments, old dreams -- Down South. The scenic route ; A company town ; Best-laid plans ; Highway 61 remade ; The Great River Bridge ; The long wait -- Texas. Boomstate ; Freeway isn't free ; Concrete futures ; Not so fast -- A line in the dirt. Major moves ; Grand opening ; Low fuel ; New blood ; Don't mess with Texas ; Broken ground ; The road ahead.
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title Interstate 69 : the unfinished history of the last great American highway
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