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Some thoughts on “Carmageddon”

July 16, 2011

I don’t live anywhere near L.A. In fact, I’m close to as far away as you can get in the lower 48. Still, my perspective on the traffic problems that major cities face is this: sell your cars.

Get rid of all of them. Carmageddon is not the 16th & 17th of July on the 405 in Los Angeles, it’s the last 100 years everywhere. Cars are terrible. They drain your wallet, your time, and your health. They’ve fueled what I believe is the most disasterous migration in human history – the move to the suburbs. And they kill a mid-sized city worth of Americans every single year.

You may say, “But Mike, cars have also been responsible for a tremendous growth in commerce and connectivity; which, to a very real extent, has made all of our lives better. And besides you’re just a crabby, old luddite and probably wear socks with sandals.”

Well, all that may be true. But still, I have no doubt that we would all be better off if cars started to die off like the dinosaurs of technology that they are.

Don’t get me wrong, I know we all use cars to get around and go to work and play chicken with squirrels. But that we do things in a certain way doesn’t mean that we should do them in that way. And there’s my rant for tonight.

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  1. matt permalink
    July 16, 2011 9:55 pm

    While you are a crabby, old luddite (stupid black kettle); I recently realized the CDTA can pick me up 3 blocks from my house and take me direct to SCCC. Very happy to be able to avoid a car for at least a couple more years.

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