60Re: [carfree_cities] Ranking US cities
- Apr 10, 2000
> Last month in Phoenix there was a large referendum about raising a localI would have hoped more for light rail, but detaching people from their automobiles
> sales tax by 0.4% which passed with a 2-1 vote (the voter turn out some
> thing like 24%). 2/3 of the budget will be spent on buses with the remaining
> 1/3 for LRT. Please check out http://www.lightrail.com/news/news03-29.htm .
will not be done in one swoop. At least it's mass transit. If there is some
permanence (that's why I prefer trolleys to buses) development along the
> Also oddly enough Adtranz a maker of rail cars, locomotives and LRV's is aMaybe the auto companies see which way the wind is blowing. There are two
> subsidiary of DaimlerChrysler http://www.adtranz.com/adtranz/index_e.htm.
> Like wise with Airbus http://www.dasa.com/dasa/index_e.htm.
advertising and design directions that suggest that the auto companies realize that
the Great American Commute is getting to a be drag, not to mention dangerous.
One, the increasing number of distracting doodads in the car, phone, computer,
entertainment systems. Anything to keep some driver from realizing that sitting in
traffic taking lungful after lungful of exhaust, is no way to spend life.
Two, the design changes made for old people who drive. So if the dashboard numbers
are bigger, so if mirrors are angled so you do not have to wrench your head around to
glance back. Many young drivers have lousy vision, and sometimes stiff necks, but
their licenses are not suspended for those reasons. These design changes "for the
older driver" are part of denial that many otherwise capable people should not be
When it is part of sensible, not to mention civilized, urban planning to have car free
areas, a segment of the population will be able to relinquish their hold on driving
privileges. They will probably be grateful.
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