the reviews that came with this film are interesting.
Subject: Why They Paved Paradise and Put Up a Parking Lot.
This is another 50s film about the problem of bad roads. Since it was sponsored by General Motors, the solution of course is to build lots and lots more roads. Huge superhighways, Huge parking lots, Everywhere!
This was supposed to solve the problem of traffic jams. Well, all the roads got built and the amount of cars seemed to expand to fit them. This is a great film for learning how we got where we are today in terms of huge freeways and parking lots everywhere. It would take building all the roads encouraged in this film before people would start to notice any downside to paving paradise and putting up a parking lot.
Subject: A paved America is a beautiful America.
Another Jam Handy celebration of the wonderful automobile and its totally positive effects on life and the environment this time in gorgeous colour. This film argues that America's roads are neglected and urges public construction of city streets country roads and super highways and parking lots to fulfill the American Dream. Even 'fabulous futuristic' highways can be erected by an aroused public. American's must fight for their right to drive unhampered by lights, traffic, or school crossing guards. I'm sure this has nothing to do with the film being sponsored by General Motors. No, this is all in the name of freedom, democracy, a healthy economy, and family fun. As a construction sign at the site of San Francisco's Bay Shore freeway project tells it: 'Another Freeway for Your Safety'.
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