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2 thoughts on “Traffic pattern

  1. We are so deeply immersed in the car culture that most people can’t even imagine getting around town any other way. Even poor people who have to ride the bus or walk to work will buy a car once they begin to prosper. The automobile has become so synonymous with the ideas of American Individualism that any discussion about reducing their use is met with hostile resistance. Sharing rides is for Europeans.

    It’s should be very telling that we have to advertise “Walk to School Days” or “Walk ability Scores” and people have to put signs in their front yards asking selfish drivers to slow down going through the neighborhood . It’s troubling that elected officials can’t raise gas taxes or implement other user fees as a way of covering the full cost of building the automobile infrastructure without getting run out office. It’s frustrating that drivers can’t see how their choice of transport is hurting their health and the health of the planet.

    There is nothing wrong with development as long as alternative transportation is available. We need the housing.

    • Phillip Williams

      Such has been the way of Asheville – and in fairness, most cities in America – since the late 60’s – early 70’s – blocks of historic buildings destroyed to accommodate either movement or parking of cars, and lovely old neighborhoods abandoned or let out by absentee landlords because folks could now commute from the ‘burbs instead of walk or bike or catch a streetcar or bus to work or to market….And folks who keep asking whether passenger rail service will ever return, the answer is most likely no, as most folks would probably ride it only once or twice for the novelty of it, but wouldn’t want to be deprived of their automobiles for any length of time….

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