Comment 52597

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted December 03, 2010 at 11:17:32

Whether you like it or not cars still rule the roads in this city as with most other cities and everything will be done to accomodate them and their drivers. They are still in the majority and will continue to be for a long time to come.

Self-fulfilling prophecy dude. As long as we design our city to cater to automobile traffic, people will choose to drive. These choices are influenced by major geographical and infrastructural choices made for the city as a whole. It doesn't take a lot to make transit or cycling unreasonable as a lifetyle - one or two regular stops in your routine that can't be made easily, and you're stuck wondering if all that cab fare would be better spent on a used car.

The choices made which privilige driving as a transportation option go well beyond one-way streets. There's the enormous amount of land, urban or suburban which is dedicated only to surface parking. There's the relocation of employment to suburban, highway-side office parks. There's been decades of pushing housing out of the inner-city. And there's the blatant disregard for local concerns in residential areas, as we've seen here lately from the North End to Aberdeen.

Compared to this obscenely expensive and dangerous road network, LRT seems like a bike ride in the park.

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