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Discouraging Motorists

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Automobiles contribute significantly to greenhouse gases. Are we, as a species, going to completely give up driving cars of our own accord? Almost certainly not. Can we design urban landscapes to encourage walking and discourage driving? Dr. Marlon Boarnet thinks so.

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  1. John Erickson permalink
    09/17/2011 1:55 PM

    Unfortunately, especially here in the States, people are too wedded to their cars. I personally like the European standard of taxing based on engine displacement. As an enthusiast driver, I can enjoy a zippy turbo-charged four cylinder as much as a gas-hogging V-8, and it would get some of those danged fat-butted SUVs outta my way! (See? Gearheads can be pro-environment too. I LOVE VW’s 1.4 litre “Twwincharger” engine. 160 horsepower out of 1.4 litres, and something like 35-40 mpg on the highway, while giving 0-60mph times of less than 8 seconds. YEE-HA! :D )

  2. 09/19/2011 1:44 PM

    You’re right, the car isn’t going anyway anytime soon. But maybe there’s hope in focusing on fuel efficiency, and in designing cities to discourage driving like in the video.

    I’m not anti-vehicle. I think in many cases it’s prudent to own one. But I do think it’s an area where a lot of improvement can be made.

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