Re: [carfree_cities] Re: urbancyclist-uk: Anti-car moveslaunched across country
- Thanks Roy.
It's funny but only a fortnight earlier I had actually got out my metaphoric
tape measure and calculator and worked my way through an Observer colour
supplement and an eyeful of the scale of car advertising it carried. The
amount this industry is having to spend on marketing is almost reassuring.
If we really needed the things would we need so much persuasion?
I'm really enjoying reading Rebecca Solnit's (2001) "Wanderlust: A History
of Walking". She writes beautifully and thinks acutely, helping to lay out
the infrastructure of ideas basic to the restoration of place and
rediscovered access to senses of time and space destroyed by the
individualised pace of the car. She only mentions these in passing but the
critique is deeply implicit. I must thank Joel for pointing this series of
essays my way.
----- Original Message -----
From: Roy Preston <preston@...>
Sent: Wednesday, August 29, 2001 10:17 PM
Subject: Re: [carfree_cities] Re: urbancyclist-uk: Anti-car moveslaunched
Excellent email, as usual, Simon!
What irked me so much about the Observer article was its, almost, tabloid
emotive reporting. Focusing on the 'anti-car' sentiments, and how-dare-they
attitude. Rather than fill me with optimism it depressed me no end! Thank
God for some common Simence.
> If we really needed the things would we need so much persuasion?True. I've never been persuaded to buy something because it's advertised. On
the contrary, if it's so much advertised, then I feel too many people will
acquire it, then I don't need it. It's the case with cell phones. I have
none (and save charges), simply because I can reach everyone around me, who
has one, at any time, by dropping a quarter in the public phone. I don't
have to worry about weak battery... Instead I like to increase my good'old
vinyl record collection, which are never advertised, because no one around
me has any, and I can share the output with them when they visit me. I even
told someone it's impossible to do better output, even if you buy a $20,000
worth CD player: a car, since it's wiser to get the same results with a $50
portable unit you can at least carry with you anywhere.
> I'm really enjoying reading Rebecca Solnit's (2001) "Wanderlust: A HistorySometimes I do think imagination helps to revive my sour feelings
> of Walking". She writes beautifully and thinks acutely, helping to lay out
> the infrastructure of ideas basic to the restoration of place and
> rediscovered access to senses of time and space destroyed by the
> individualised pace of the car. She only mentions these in passing but the
> critique is deeply implicit. I must thank Joel for pointing this series of
> essays my way.
of the present corrupt society. It hurts the soul simply thinking
the car is upsetting the planetar ecosystem, ruining the life quality and
reducing mobility in many cities. If you go outdoors, you see cars, you hear
cars, you smell cars, and they create a hostile and stressful atmosphere
when you decide to use the road. I've just lost a night train on the weekday
timetable, because it's not used enough, and it's not used enough because
too many people have been sucked into the car culture over the years? Yuck!
I feel I'm in that train on the right track with some other survivors,
watching the rest sinking, unable to help them realise. I feel sour because
the society is too blind to see that it's getting into trouble with the car
I prefer to let my imagination walk myself for miles under the moonlight on
a quiet road chatting with friends, until I have the opportunity to do so
>I'm really enjoying readingArrived this morning, Simon. Beautiful cover, but I can't say I'm looking
>Rebecca Solnit's (2001)
>"Wanderlust: A History
>of Walking". She writes beautifully
forward to *reading* it. The type is set in Weiss, which doesn't look at