Re: [carfree_cities] Re: Climate change/Peak Oil/Dwindling resources; And still they drove on....
- Communities across America (and elsewhere) must endeavor to redevelop local
and regional economies. In other words we as a culture must seek to
relocalize, to move towards local and regional self-sufficiency with respect
to basic needs.
To do so would include the drastic reduction in the use of the automobile.
To do so would require the active investment in neighborhood and regional
cooperatives that would make all necessities available within walking
distance of all members of the community. In other words, we need to
radically rearrange the way that resources are allocated to and within our
communities. Such a strategy would include efforts to provide equity among
individuals and neighborhoods.
Each neighborhood could form a neighborhood improvement cooperative fund
(NIF). A regional union of NIFs (UNIF) could work towards the development
of equality in opportunity, income, and ownership across the entire region.
There would be a greatly reduced need for interregional trade, but that
which continued could be between the various UNIFs.
The role of train and airplane travel and freight would also be greatly
How we get form where we are to where we want to be (assuming that folks
agree that we want and/or need to relocalize) is a daunting problem. It
requires some consensus that relocalization is what we want and the NIF/UNIF
scheme is a good way to do it. For example, in such a plan agriCULTURE would
replace agriBUSINESS. A system of cooperative community culture would
replace a system of Capitalist Business for meeting the basic needs of all.
Too far out?
How do we reach that seemingly majority folks that are asleep at the wheel