2956RE: [carfree_cities] Hi, I'm back
- Apr 8, 2001Mateus de Oliveira Fechino wrote:
>Hello everyone who remembers me ( and who doesnt !).Welcome back to the list.
>I used toThat's fine.
>participate in this group some months ago and expressed some of my
>opinions on the issue (carfree cities). I was pretty sure about what
>was right at the time and to me Joel Crawford's site was a bible .
>Cars should be off the streets imediately and so.
>But since then Ive been thinking a lot about it and got to a
>conclusion to myself, which may not and most probably will not be
>suitable to most of this groups' participants.
>I will tell what I think. Lots of people in Brazil ( where I live )A lot of Canadians had the same thoughts as well over NAFTA and some times
>used to say some years ago ,when the country was beginning to open
>its boundaries to imported products of all kind ( that was in the
>beginning of the 90's ), that they were AGAINST that phenomenon that
>was being called "globalization" and that was said to cause
>unemployment and so . As time went by and people got to know a little
>bit what was that to live in a more open economy ( and that includes
>the pros and the cons ), such complaint about globalization began to
>vanish from the press , and the focus since then is much more over
>how the government deals with globalization, and not with the
it's hard to tell what has really changed.
Though there are situations where it has failed, like a Canadian company
suing a US state (California) over the banning of MBTE (a gasoline
additive), because it was contaminating ground water.
>Well , my point is : globalization is there whether you want it orAlso, remember Canada and Brazil almost started a trade war over aircraft
>not. You've got lots of ways to deal with it, from keeping your
>country shutdown to foreign investments to the slowly( or fast if you
>wish ) opening of your boarders to make commerce flow naturaly,
>helping everyone grow.
and beef not to long ago. It was petty, but so what else is new.
>So what do cars have to do with it? Its the same story ! Cars areA friend of mine once said "Being free only means choosing whose chains you
>there and there's actually very little that you can do about it. To
>my humble point of view , forcing the close of a city to car traffic
>would be like closing a country's boarders to trades . Cars are there
>and they've got pros and cons just as globalization. What we gotta to
>is make the best use of its pros, and try to minimize the cons .
>Im not a new urbanistic( because Im not even an urbanist or
>architect , Im a economics college student ) , nor do I live in a
>fairy tale where global business help all everytime . What I think is
>that dreaming about an ideal carfree world is a little bit a waste of
>time when even Cuba , North Korea and China are already aware that
>some freedom of choice may be of more use to all.
want to wear". Dawson
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