This book is about the relationship between the car and the city. It argues that, as wonderful as each is, the two do not always mix well. Specifically, the sheer proliferation of cars is damaging the viability of cities, and only greater attention to the latter will allow the former to work as they should. This book is a call for resurgent cities -- cities that improve our lives and, as a little noticed side effect, lessen our dependence on cars. If we reshape the spaces in which cars operate and overhaul the ways we pay for driving, we will get what we want from cars, and it will cost less. We will also go a long way toward fixing some of the most intractable problems afflicting our communities, economy and environment. So while "The Car and the City" is about transportation policy and urban planning, it is also about the defining challenges of this generation: breathing new life into our neighborhoods, revitalizing democracy, and making the public realm safe again. It is about making economies thrive, rooting out a public health menace that kills more people than firearms or illicit drugs, and bridging the widening gaps that divide classes and races. It is about strengthening national security, averting catastrophic climate change, and protecting the vanishing remnants of native wildlands. And it is about conserving that most precious of nonrenewable resources -- our own time. This book is addressed to all North Americans, but it focuses on the Pacific Northwest.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Financial support for this report was provided by the Nathan Cummings Foundation and by contributors to Northwest Environment Watch.
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    Northwest Environment Watch

    1402 Third Avenue, Suite 1127
    Seattle, WA  United States  98101-2118
  • Authors:
    • Durning, A T
  • Publication Date: 1996


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures; Tables;
  • Pagination: 73 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00722135
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 1886093032
  • Report/Paper Numbers: N.E.W. Report No. 3
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 14 1996 12:00AM