Peter Norton

Peter Norton

Peter Norton is a historian of cities, streets, and people.  He is an associate professor of history in the Department of Engineering and Society at the University of Virginia, and the author of Fighting Traffic: The Dawn of the Motor Age in the American City.

A photo of residents blocking a Philadelphia intersection on a July weekend in 1953.

The Hidden History of American Anti-Car Protests

A wave of traffic safety activism in the 1970s helped reshape Dutch streets. But the U.S. had its own anti-car movement earlier, led largely by women.