The Problem of Cars

The automobile:

  • Kills street life
  • Damages the social fabric of communities
  • Isolates people
  • Fosters suburban sprawl
  • Occupies common land with parking lots
  • Endangers other street users
  • Blots the city’s beauty
  • Disturbs people with its noise
  • Dazzles people with its lights
  • Causes air pollution
  • Slaughters thousands every year
  • Destroys nature
  • Exacerbates global warming
  • Wastes energy and natural resources
  • Impoverishes nations

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The dream that became a nightmare:

The cities will be part of the country; I shall live 30 miles from my office in one direction, under a pine tree; my secretary will live 30 miles away from it too, in the other direction, under another pine tree. We shall both have our own car. We shall use up tires, wear out road surfaces and gears, consume oil and gasoline. All of which will necessitate a great deal of work … enough for all. – Le Corbusier, 1935

6 Comments The Problem of Cars

  1. Øyvind HolmstadØyvind Holmstad

    “Christopher Alexander et al., A Pattern Language (New York: Oxford University Press, 1977). The book is a standard reference work and should still be in print. Last I knew it was still a bargain at $60.00 (It’s hardcover and about 1000 pages.)

    I highly recommend this work for anyone interested in the built environment. Alexander is a highly original thinker, and this is a seminal work that has been central in my development of the reference design for carfree cities.”

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