4963Re: Driving only when you WANT to
- Aug 15, 2002Something else we need to look at is that most Americans tend
to want to drive everywhere, no matter what the cost and
congestion. People are constantly demanding lower gas prices
and wider roads. In the suburban neighborhood my parents live
in, residents tried [unsuccessfully] to stop the city from putting in
a sidewalk on one side of the steet. Coincidentially, that
sidewalk is now useless, since it is a de facto parking lane and,
naturally, the police will not enforce such a thing.
If you proposed developing a carfree area or closing/cutting off
any streets, it would be very unpopular with most people who live
I favor the right of anyone to live how they want, as long as they
pay for it themself. I think that developers should be allowed to
build car-only suburban developments--and pay ALL costs of it.
Maybe that would fix Americans--when they finally have to bear
the cost of what they are doing.
Finally, we need some way to let Americans know [drill into their
think skulls] how much car use actually costs. A lot of us seem to
think that road money grows on trees...
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