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Route 66 redux: National recognition for America's mother road


1998 1998

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Abstract (summary)

Cultural landscapes can be likened to living persons in that they can acquire distinct personalities. Such personalities, when developed from adequately diverse sources and accreted during sufficient lengths of time, may transcend ordinary landscape personalities and thereby acquire unique identities, analogous to those of individual human beings. The ultimate stage in this development is both the tacit and overt consensus that a landscape's identity possesses a social value, which is simultaneously unique and universal, and which may lead to its elevation to the status of an institution. The result of such development is the emergence of a ‘Meta-landscape’, i.e. the creation of a new entity, wherein the landscape becomes the subject of the landscape. U.S. Route 66 provides a classic example of this phenomenon. Congress has before it a proposal to culminate a process, begun by Congress itself in 1990, to preserve the Route 66 Corridor in a manner tantamount to that of a ‘National Historic Highway.’ At the age of 72 years, the road has grown from two-lane blacktop to the status of cultural legend, and now verges on formal institutionalization, which would be the ultimate acknowledgment of ‘Route 66, Meta-highway.’*

*Originally published in MAI Vol. 37, No. 2. Republished here with corrected author name.

Indexing (details)


Subject
Geography;
American history;
Public administration;
American studies
Classification
0366: Geography
0337: American history
0617: Public administration
0323: American studies
Identifier / keyword
Social sciences
Title
Route 66 redux: National recognition for America's mother road
Author
Brady, Alfred William
Number of pages
164
Publication year
1998
Degree date
1998
School code
6060
Source
MAI 39/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780599103283, 0599103280
Advisor
Weightman, Barbara A.
University/institution
California State University, Fullerton
University location
United States -- California
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1392448
ProQuest document ID
304503723
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304503723/fulltextPDF
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