WILL IT BE POSSIBLE TO MAKE THE CAR-DEPENDENT SUBURBS GREEN WITHOUT A RADICAL INCREASE IN THE PRICE OF GAS?
Part of the solution is to redefine the problem of the car (and the suburb) as a problem of mobility. Redefining mobility focuses on embracing the full range of options available to us in getting from point A to B. While the big automobile companies are in crisis, many new ideas about mobility are emerging. Car clubs allow suburbanites in Vauban, Germany to share the cost of a car. Cars don’t have to weigh one ton-plus, nor do they need to have four passenger seats. MIT’s Media Lab has proposed a concept car that is lightweight and stackable, and can be recharged at solar powered stations.
Besides incorporating advances in hybrid and electric cars, we can and must rethink where and how we live. If we understand the true cost of commuting and living in a sub-urb — cost of car(s), gas, maintenance, insurance, taxes, tolls, hidden environmental costs, etc. — we can help modify our behavior. This will require the gradual redistribution of the places where we live, work, play, and shop, so that our limited resources of time and money can be utilized more effectively.
IS THERE ANYTHING GOOD ABOUT STRIP MALLS?
The best thing about strip malls is that many of them are dying — inviting opportunities for transformation.
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