Calling all urbanists and sustainable environmentalists. The car-less German suburb story is the most e-mailed at the New York Times.
Seems like the notion of living in a car-less suburb and living a car-free life has a bit of traction, at least with New York Times reading classes.
The Times follows with a nifty symposia on whether America can go car-free, with:
- Witold Rybczynski, professor of urbanism
- D.J. Waldie, author of "Holy Land"
- Dolores Hayden, professor of architecture
- Christopher B. Leinberger, real estate developer and author
- J.H. Crawford, author of "Carfree Cities"
- Marc Schlossberg, professor of public policy
Money quote from Leinberger:
"American families who are car-dependent spend 25 percent of their household income on their fleet of cars, compared with just 9 percent for transportation for those who live in walkable urban places. That potential 16 percent savings could go into improved housing (building household wealth), educating children or that most un-American of all activities, saving. "
Yowser. Now add in the housing costs at say 30-35 percent or more and what's left over to grow the industries of the future?
I confess to owning a car, but it's pretty easy to go car-less in Toronto, and it's close to America.