CARFREE TOKYO

- a collection of notes and reflections on urban living from the perspective of a family of five in Tokyo. My epiphany was many years ago, but being hit by a motorbike and seeing my life flash before my eyes caused a sudden change that slowly made me reflect on whether American style auto-centric urban transportation of the Roosevelt era really is a capital G "Good Idea" for civilized modern cities in the 21st Century. This blog explores the good and the bad in urban planning and design, here and elsewhere. The goal is simple - not "death to all cars," just more walkable communities, quiet tree-lined streets, good public transport, traffic calming, Velib style bicycle sharing and a bit of common sense. The bolg is mostly theraputic, so I don't go wanting to throttle every dangerous driver I come across, but partly also out of a real desire to see positive change. This blog explores how it can be done, the people who do it, and how, in many small ways, this very old idea may at last have found its zeitgeist. Comments and suggestions welcome.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

One more nail in the coffin

Just as Nissan and Japanese banks spend up big in a desperate effort to squeeze out a profit out of Indian citizens, and as the Japanese Liberal Democratic Party "road gang" fight tooth and nail to retain bloated road building budgets in the face of stiff opposition to further roadwork pork-barrelling, precipitously falling car use in Japan and health insurance budget shortfalls... just as auto manufacturers are announcing falling earnings that seems to be painting a long term picture of an oversaturated world auto market in which citizens are finally seeing the limits to automobile's as a form of transportation in just about every part of the developed world ... here we have another nail in the coffin of auto-centric society. THIS ARTICLE describing a report on the direct connection between particulates and DVT is certainly a killer for gasoline vehicles - and hybrid electric automobiles aren't much better (if at all) because in most places, coal is burned to provide the electricity.

1 comment:

Tania said...

In today's Metropolis magazine found this:

http://metropolis.co.jp/tokyo/recent/lastword.asp