Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible

Yet another problem with our over-reliance on cars, at least from a commuting point of view – an immense waste of real estate space in our cities. The usage of space for roads, car parking and car-related facilities actually decreases relative to the density of the city. In other words, optimum natural efficiency for a city means no cars. We’ve long since been fighting a losing battle against the perils of cars (traffic, pollution, costs), regarding them as a necessary evil, rather than a useful tool in urban planning.

The problem really, is us. Once people stop craving for huge plots of land, or for being adverse to public transport, we can more efficiently make use of our resources. Just as with self-driving cars, humans are the main obstacle here to a better world. 

“Their conceptual model was based on a straightforward premise: cars take up a lot of space, especially when it comes to storing them all day while their owners work. In dense cities where land is scarce, according to the model, more cars meant there would be fewer people, unless those people could be stacked in taller buildings with smaller footprints.”

Cars and Robust Cities Are Fundamentally Incompatible


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