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Fewer cars or better cars?

June 3, 2010

Ahh, the open road.

Read anything good lately? I have.

It was the article “Does ‘sustainable transportation’ mean better cars or fewer cars?” by David Roberts in Grist last month. Fresh back from Ohio State University’s Moving Ahead 2010 conference, Roberts ponders a very important question in the movement to greener transportation. What is the most effective treatment for our transportation disease:

  • More environmentally-friendly, fuel-efficient vehicles


  • More strategically-designed, alternative-transportation-accessible communities

Being that I have chosen to not own a car and to blog about not owning a car, I think you can discern which side of the issue I come down on, but what do you think?

Should we fix our inadequate tools or change our unsustainable behavior?

While you ponder that question, I’ll leave you with two of my favorite quotes from the article:

We have to develop a shared vision of a sustainable future. Then, and only then, can industry respond with the technology that will get us there.

Despite what car companies want you to believe, there’s no inherent human love of piloting military-sized vehicles through congested traffic.


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