Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Token efforts we know are useless...
- jabailo@... said:
Maybe if we had these
enclosed circles of townish living, with walkable green space around
our homes, we could still go between towns in hydrogen powered cars --
or trains, or "autocopters".
As long as we have a real place to live and walk.
Absolutely right on target.
Energy resources, global warming, pollution, etc. are certainly related subjects, but the carfree urban concept is, in no way, dependent or subsidiary to these issues. We should be focused on the design and construction of an urban built environment that serves and enhances human life.
I would want (need) carfree cities even if cars were powered by happy thoughts and emitted only fairy dust. There just isn't room for us and them.
P.O. Box 378
Tiburon, CA 94920
Subj: [carfree_cities] Re: Token efforts we know are useless...
Date: Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:40 pm
--- In email@example.com, Ian Fiddies <ianfiddies@...> wrote:
> Carfree is not an ideology.
Really? I think it is. I agree, automakers will soon have cars that
pollute almost nothing.
But the argument is not solely about air pollution -- it's more about
land pollution -- the cluttering of human society where a person
walking down a street or riding a bicycle is denigrated to an anachronism!
Well, maybe that's about right. Maybe strolling to a cafe is Old
School. We do our walking at the indoor mall now...and we exercise
at the 24-hour fitness gym.
Carfree idealizes the 15th Century Italian city experience. Maybe a
lot of people do, given he high prices of villas.
Getting free of cars can mean a lot of things. We can simply get rid
of all cars. But what I think the author hopes for, is to build a
society around human scale activities again.