The current issue of Car Busters magazine poses the question: How do we fix our cities?
Since the advent of the automobile, city planners, traffic engineers, and government officials have been asking, "How do we keep the traffic flowing?" And by traffic, they meant cars. Cars clog the streets; their noise, fumes, and deadly mass fray nerves, choke the air, and run people under their wheels. But now citizens are taking action, demanding that cities be built for people, not cars.
But, things are changing. The combination of global warming, obesity, the prevalence of debilitating diseases, and general discontent with the structure of our communities seem to have caused many people to reach their tipping point. The momentum is shifting away from a sprawling car culture and towards walkable, centralized communities with green space, networks of multi-use trails, and “complete streets.”