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6352Re: [carfree_cities] Car-free cities and jobs

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  • Erik Rauch
    Oct 13, 2003
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      On Sun, 12 Oct 2003, amqx wrote:

      > Eliminating cars would leave countless people
      > unemployed. Would car-free cities create any new jobs that could
      > replace them, such as train and bus building?

      An interesting question. Indeed the missing auto industry jobs would be
      partially replaced by ones related to public transport. But the net result
      may well be a net decrease in the work that needs to be done to serve
      people's transportation needs.

      But if, as we argue, carfree cities would improve people's well-being,
      then the change from car-dependent to carfree urban area is no different
      from an increase in productivity: we accomplish more with less work. Thus,
      if we are smart, this change can be used to reduce the number of hours
      people work, rather than resulting in unemployment.
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