Tom Vanderbilt Thinks The Future of Transport is Smaller, Slower and Shared. Others Don't.
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Small Cars "Almost Cheaper Than Walking" In January I wrote a prediction for this year, The Three Ss For 2010: Small, Simple and Shared . Tom Vanderbilt, author of Traffic, says much the same thing a year later in World Policy Blog, writing A Car for the Future: Smaller, Slower, Shared. He points out the simple and unavoidable reality: As plentiful as the benefits of individual vehicular mobility may be, the large metropolis can never comfortably accommodate any more than a fraction of its citizens in this manner, and we have learned the consequences of trying to do so. Ever-lengthening commutes have meant degraded public spaces, negative health outcomes, social fragmentation, infrastructure whose maintenance goes underfunded. ... Read the full story on TreeHugger