(p. C5) If the culture and character of some cities are closely associated with modes of transportation (gondolas in Venice, bicycles in Amsterdam), the automobile may be the defining force in New York, not because it decreed the layout of streets or because it is essential (as in Los Angeles), but because its assertion of individuality and enterprise and its readiness to expand beyond assigned boundaries had so much to do with the city’s spirit.
For the full review, see:
EDWARD ROTHSTEIN. “Last Chance; Exhibition Review; The Anatomy of a Citywide Traffic Jam.” The New York Times (Tues., July 20, 2010): C1 & C5.
(Note: the online version of the article is dated July 19, 2010.)