Town Planning Review

Reluctant capitals: transport mobility and tramways in London and Paris 1830-1950

Town Planning Review (2014), 85, (2), 203–216.

Abstract

Despite or because of their leading role in the European urban field, London and Paris have never given tramways a leading position in their transport systems. This cheap form of mobility has never been totally accepted by these metropolises, which were the first to begin to dismantle their networks in the 1930s. This paper tries to shed light on this phenomenon by considering the American origins of this technical system, the long-term history of exchanges between both capital cities as well as the social images of tramways in cityscapes dominated by both Underground railways and bourgeois values.

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Passalacqua, Arnaud