|In Ways to the West,
Tim Sullivan embarks on a car-less road trip through the Intermountain
West, exploring how the region is taking on what may be its greatest
challenge: sustainable transportation.
travel narrative, historical research, and his professional expertise
in urban planning, Sullivan takes a critical yet optimistic and often
humorous look at how contemporary Western cities are making themselves
more hospitable to a life less centered on the personal vehicle.
The modern West was built by the automobile, but so much driving has
jeopardized the West’s mystic hold on the American future. At
first, automobility heightened the things that made the West great, but
love became dependence, and dependence became addiction. Via his
travels by bicycle, bus, and train through Las Vegas, Phoenix, Denver,
Boise, Salt Lake City, and Portland, Sullivan captures the modern
transportation evolution taking place across the region and the
resulting ways in which contemporary Western communities are
reinterpreting classic American values like mobility, opportunity,
adventure, and freedom.