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Re: [carfree_cities] "The Social Implications of Hypermobility"

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  • Mike Harrington
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Mar 1, 2003
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      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@...>
      To: <carfree_cities@yahoogroups.com>
      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.
      Society
      > 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
      > democratic."
      >
      > 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
      are
      > 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.
      >
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