Cars and Cities only solution - "radical change in the social order"
- Powerful analysis but it sounds like capitalism must be overturned to get
cities working again? Hm? So are we all trimmers?
Cars and Cities
by Paul M. Sweezy
³Cities, after all, have a great deal in common with cars. More and more, in
fact, they often seem to be turning into cars. There are deep mysteries
here, impenetrable to the present shallow state of human understanding.
Somehow, we know not how, things communicate.²
Russell Baker, New York Times, March 8, 1973
QUOTE I do not think that fundamental changes in the structure of cities and
their relation to society as a whole can be effected without a radical
change in the social order. In what I have called the traditional commuter
situation, it should certainly be possible to bring about a great
improvement in public transport both into and out of the inner city and also
within the inner city. This, perhaps together with certain restrictions on
the use of cars in the inner city, might do much to relieve congestion,
particularly of the rush-hour variety. But it would leave untouched other
kinds of movement within the metropolis which are much less susceptible to
facilitation through improvement of public transport.23 And it would do
nothing to check, let alone reverse, the sprawl process.END