We needed cars to get around, actually we already had a fast efficient way to get around the city the streetcar. At the time almost every major city had them but the automobile killed them. A single streetcar can carry dozens of pedestrians but according to the passengers in their own car and they take up a hundred square feet each and that means one thing. Traffic once the roads are gridlocked the old reliable streetcar became too slow to be effective and that was the death of public transportation in America.
Well once cars were the only way to get from place to place. We rebuilt our entire Cities around them. and that’s when things really took a turn for the worse. We started bulldozing entire neighborhoods to build urban highways and in some cities parking lots now take up a quarter of all the available lands. All the space use just restore cars while they’re asleep.
Parking lot or desert in the city, Professor Donald Shoup our foremost expert on the economics of parking. Parking lots will not employ any people they simply provide space for cars. We have expensive housing for people and free parking for cars. We have our priorities the wrong way around and the worst part is many cities were far far too much parking and this blight their downtown’s or killing our old cities. It’s a huge bummer.
We design society so that it’s more comfortable for cars we make it less habitable for humans. In a city designer on public transportation speak to be full of homes and businesses and you could walk from place to place but in most of our cities and suburbs everything is so spread apart that nothing is within walking distance. Giving you no choice but to drive and it didn’t have to be this way. We could have built walkable cities based on public transportation like Western Europe and Japan did but we miss that chance and now you have to have a car to get around.