For wanting to ban cars – even from just dense city centers – I’ve been called an extremist. Of course, I’ve been called a number of things with little basis in fact. Studying cities going back thousands of years, it’s impossible to ignore the damage cars have done to our lives. We can go farther, faster, but at the loss of social connection, safety, and vast sums of public transportation cash.
Where ever cars dominate, human life suffers. The two are fundamentally incompatible. Automobiles can’t function in a space crowded with people any more than people can function in a space crowded with automobiles. When both do mix, they do so with lethal results.
The auto industry has perfected lying about its product. Never will you see congestion, never will you see images of the 40,000 Americans cars kill each year, or the mangled, bloody bodies of survivors. To do so would scare the shit out of your average consumer at a time when fewer of us are driving at all.