Classical music and architecture critic at New York magazine
We know that cars are bad — they clog streets, demand giant parking lots, foster sprawl, ravage the environment, keep us in thrall to foreign oil, and cause small houses to sprout monstrous garages. But we sure love them, don’t we? So what’s the future of cars in our cities, given the limitations of public transit and pedestrianization?
How can architects, designers, and urbanists help modify our automotive culture, other than by trying vainly to stamp it out?
Principal Consultant, MRCagney
Jarrett gave the final word
If we aim to create communities where the car is one among many road users, where reasonable efforts are made to protect and expedite each mode according to its ability to use space efficiently, and where we are not preferring one mode through vast hidden subsidies, then as far as I’m concerned we’ve done our job, which is to help create a free society where people are expected to bear both the costs and benefits of their choices. In such a future, communities will be designed with attention on multiple modes, for example, not because we planners have decreed it, but because more and more people will insist on living in places where they have modal options, and the market will respond to that.
Thursday, January 20 at 5:49pm
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