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5196Air Conditioning, Cars, and livable places

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  • John Snyder
    Jun 1, 2002
      It's a topic that comes up every year about this time in
      North American, how can bicyclists and pedestrians cope
      with the heat? Traditional wisdom is to stay away
      from extreme climates or reduce one's physical activity
      to the coolest parts of a day if the temperature proves
      hostile. Recall, the old musical lyric sung by
      Noel Coward, "only mad dogs and Englishmen go out
      in the noon day sun." Now days it's not fair to
      single out Englishmen for behaving like strangers
      in a stange land.


      Several sources reaffirm that the recent inventions
      of the automobile and air conditioning resulted in
      people having moved into regions previously
      not fit to support large populations year round.
      The late 20th Century migrations to the Sun Belts
      represent a larger scale version of suburbs. Both
      are contrived environments only made possible
      by high energy consumming products.


      "Blues, these 20th Century Blues..."


      Sigh, now plus one,

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