Re: [carfree_cities] "The Social Implications of Hypermobility"
- I don't see what we are going to extrapolate with. All the signs point to
the cheap-energy society of the second half of the twentieth century ending
sometime early in this century. There is a major correction coming, and
urban sprawl will be the most noticeable victim. It's about time.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Andrea Casalotti" <andrea@...>
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 3:36 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] "The Social Implications of Hypermobility"
> At a recent conference, John Adams, professor of geography at University
> College London talked about his report for OECD, "The Social Implications
> of Hypermobility":
> "Huge extra amounts of space will be taken up by housing and roads.
> 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
> 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
> conference notes.
> Andrea Casalotti
> 7 Plympton St
> London NW8 8AB
> 020 7723 2409
> Vive la velorution!
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