Pub. date: 2010 | Online Pub. Date: December 16, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971973 | Print ISBN: 9781412914321 | Online ISBN: 9781412971973| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Railroad stations are simultaneously urban monuments, workplaces, processing devices that choreograph mobility, and emotionally charged spaces of arrival and departure. The significance of railroad stations to cities can be considered from a number of different perspectives. First, and from a functional perspective, this entry considers the place of railroad stations in relation to the urban tapestry. Second, and from a practical perspective, it considers the configuration of railroad stations and how they organize movement. Third, and from a phe-nomenological perspective, it considers the embodied experience of railroad stations for users. Considering the relationship between railroad stations and the wider urban environment, railroad stations are embedded into complex, intersecting networks of mobility and constitute important transport interchanges. Railroad stations as mechanical devices perform an organizational role through the way in which they order and process the movement of people through the city. Railroad stations often include bus stops, subway or tram ...