5609"The Social Implications of Hypermobility"
- Mar 1, 2003At a recent conference, John Adams, professor of geography at University
College London talked about his report for OECD, "The Social Implications
"Huge extra amounts of space will be taken up by housing and roads. Society
will be much more polarised. The old, the poor, the disadvantaged and the
drunk won't be able to move around so much in
cars and will be stranded in the abandoned inner cities. Life will be even
more anonymous. We won't know our neighbours or our neighbourhood. They
will be even less child friendly. Children will be more and more confined
indoors. Neighbourhoods will get less varied. The suburbs and towns will
all look the same. Life too will get even more dangerous for those not in
cars, walkers and cyclists will be
even more marginalised. And of course we'll all get even fatter. Urban
sprawl means more car use means more obesity means more heart attacks.
There'll be more crime, everyone will get more defensive, policing will
get more Orwellian and less on the beat in order to keep up with more
sophisticated and better equipped criminals. Life will get less and less
I asked him: But isn't this just simplistic extrapolation of current
trends, taken to extremes only in North America? He says that around the
most humane European cities, such as Copenhagen and Zurich, the suburbs are
attracting more people.
I remain unconvinced. The new century is heralding a post-consumeristic
society where quality defeats quantity.
Thanks to Barry, enthusiastic leader of Greenwich Cyclist, for the
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