|Highway Patrol, Italian Lambo style.|
1. A road or drive seems to be the oldest form of foot and/or vehicle travel dating back to about 10,000 B.C. A drive (i.e. Wacker or FDR) is a roadway that is built with the intention of going from an intended specific point A to a specific point B, as opposed to just a road built to get past though or by something. It seems the pharaoh-ruled ancient Egyptians and other Middle Easterners like the Persians invented the stone paved road, and then the Romans a few thousand years later perfected it to a near science. The Indians (a la Asia) introduced us to brick roads (I frequently wonder about the yellow ones to Oz to help out Dorothy), which happened about 4000 BC, and it was the British around that same time that introduced us to roads made of logs called corduroy. Any major changes to the locale or process of road building are usually done by the military leading up to if not throughout a campaign of warfare, even to this day. It wasn’t until around the mid-16th century that civilian government instead of the military took over most of the responsibility for road building during peacetime, to failure at first as the British learned the hard way about having the civilian government do the job of road building. Once the British perfected the process, it took off like wildfire to the New World and beyond, just like and alongside the Industrial Revolution. This is where the process was later duplicated during the 19th century on railways. ALL turnpikes, causeways, parkways, freeways, drives, highways, and throughways are roads.
|You've seen this picture before on my blog, as it is real and probably not Photoshopped: this is the I-405, the San Diego Freeway in western Los Angeles, California during rush hour. I can testify to this fact as I could be any one of these cars you see here in this picture, as it really does feel this way when you're driving on it. OJ Simpson, his infamous white Ford Bronco, and thus the rest of the world is familiar with it, as this is by far the most traveled and busiest highway in the United States. Recently I wrote about its closure at the Sepulveda Pass in an event which was famously called "Carmageddon."|
|This is the I-495 Long Island Expressway heading westbound toward New York City. It is infamously known as the "L.I.E." or LIE (as in deception) or the Long Island DISTRESSWAY, and is one of the busiest and most traveled roads in the United States.|
|Another typical day on the FDR Drive in New York City's Manhattan by the Williamsburg Bridge.|