Reflections of an Optimist

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Regular Carbusters contributor Debra Efroymson has started a blog.

The invasion of our streets by cars causes any number of horrible problems, but perhaps the worst one is our failure to recognize how avoidable the car invasion and all its problems are. We could retake the streets for people; we could redesign existing cities and our transport systems to save lives and enormous amounts of money. But for those of us working to do so, there is another daily toll: the fatigue and frustration of trying to change established mindsets and fight powerful opponents such as the oil, road, and car industries. In the hope of helping others keep their spirits up, and in an attempt to find ways to explain some of the issues with relative brevity, I have started a blog. Although not exclusively about car-free issues, the desperate need for drastic change in our thoughts, our policies, and our cities will be repeatedly discussed. Although I write from Dhaka, the issues are universal, at least until we retake our streets and our cities for people, not cars! So please visit, and comment on, my blog: “Reflections of an Optimist”: And may the carfree movement gain daily in strength until we sweep the whole world along with us!!!!!!!!

One Comment

  1. Mike Morin
    Posted 1 March, 2012 at 20:27 | Permalink

    Another 14 million barrelo equivalents will be exhausted (spent, gone forever) in the USA by personal transportation alone.

    That is a huge opportunity cost for home heating, cooking, and electricity generation and an opportutunity cost against the future and other parts of the world.

    How can we stop the entropy. Obama really blew a chance when he said that the automobile is an important part of our culture and needs to remain so…

    We all need to work in whatever way we can towards ecological economic redevelopment in all communities, the reurbanization to walkable communities.

    The Portland 25 yewar Plan has targeted the growth and fulfillment (with needed goods and services) in what they call neighborhood market centers. They claim that 27 out of about 95 neighborhoods already have the commercial structures built.

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