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Urban Reads: Dr. Kyle Shelton

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BioScience Research Collaborative

6500 South Main Street

Houston, TX 77030

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Kyle Shelton, Director of Strategic Partnerships at Kinder Institute for Urban Research, will offer remarks and sign his new book Power Moves: Transportation, Politics, and Development in Houston. Shelton offers an important new chapter to the history of postwar metropolitan development and investigates how struggles over transportation systems have defined both the physical and political landscapes of Houston.

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Dug Begley, Transportation Reporter, Houston Chronicle

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Power Moves examines debates around the planning, construction, and use of highway and public transportation systems in Houston. Kyle Shelton shows how Houstonians helped shape the city’s growth by attending city council meetings, writing letters to the highway commission, and protesting the destruction of homes to make way for freeways, which happened in both affluent and low-income neighborhoods. He demonstrates that these assertions of what he terms “infrastructural citizenship” opened up the transportation decision-making process to meaningful input from the public and gave many previously marginalized citizens a more powerful voice in civic affairs. Power Moves also reveals the long-lasting results of choosing highway and auto-based infrastructure over other transit options and the resulting challenges that Houstonians currently face as they grapple with how best to move forward from the consequences and opportunities created by past choices.

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