Cars: A waste of space

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A waste of space

21st September, 2009 – 3 Comments

Climate change is the most urgent reason for drastically reducing motoring but there are many others. Top of the list is the space they waste. Here’s a blast from 1973:

The problem is that of designing an environment for people, who occupy a few square feet and need tens of square feet to move, which can also accommodate a large number of motor cars, which occupy hundreds of square feet and need thousands of square feet to move. This has consequences for housing design and for urban form. There are also other characteristics of motor cars which damage the local environment so that a large number of them in an urban setting has the effect of encouraging people to spread out spatially in trying to avoid the nuisances of heavy traffic.

Put simply, the choice is between compact no-car Venice and sprawling all-car Los Angeles.

Which do you choose?


James, January 5th, 2011 at 11:40 pm

Thats easy, I choose Venice

luke, May 23rd, 2011 at 1:08 pm

I’m more of an LA man myself

Geoff Beacon, March 14th, 2013 at 7:04 pm

Excellent video on Car Free Venice:

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