The Death of Cars: The private automobile is running out of gas

Junk cars in a scrapyard in Norderstedt near Hamburg, Germany. (Fabian Bimmer/Associated Press)

Junk cars in a scrapyard in Norderstedt near Hamburg, Germany. (Fabian Bimmer/Associated Press)

Cars suck.

Over the past century, automobiles established themselves as the default mode of transportation across the industrialized world and became the gotta-have item that proves developing countries have arrived. Cars have bent to their needs everything from patterns of land use to foreign policy, triggering vast cultural changes across societies as they created a voracious demand for natural resources and widely polluted the air, water and land. And while some of the effects have been positive, it’s not a stretch to call automobiles the most widely-destructive technology unleashed by the industrial era.

So it’s encouraging to see emerging signs that the Age of Cars may finally be grinding to an end …

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About liammoriarty

I'm a journalist living in Seattle and Europe. This blog is to explore the connections and commonalities between Western Europe and the Pacific Northwest.
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