Neil Lehto 338 pages hardcover
Control over streetcar franchises around the turn of the twentieth century was highly coveted. Since the streetcar was the main mode of transportation, this control was simultaneous with having power over how and where people were transported throughout the city, making it an incredible political tool. The Thirty-Year War was a battle waged by the City of Detroit against the politically powerful and deeply entrenched corporations that owned streetcar franchises for control of the city s streetway system between 1892 and 1922. This compelling history shows how and why the owners of public utilities monopoly franchises will protect and defend their privilege against public ownership or control, and is an example of how one city successfully fought back.