Complacency is killing us: “The morbid and mortal toll of sprawl.”


I’ve no glib preamble. I spent the first 25 years of my life in a state of unquestioning acceptance as it pertains to auto-centrism and the pre-eminence of the car. Since 1985, when I had the good fortune to travel through Europe for three months without once being compelled to drive, it’s made no sense to me that the pendulum has swung so far in America. I never liked driving, anyway.

But enough about me.

The morbid and mortal toll of sprawl, by Robert Steuteville (Congress for New Urbanism)

The ‘elephant in the living room’ of rising and preventable US traffic deaths and injuries is government-funded roads in drive-only places.

 … Ironically, we build thoroughfares that lead to death and injury in the name of safety. Wide thoroughfares and enormous intersections, which greatly increase speeds and are deadly to pedestrians, for example, are “justified” by safety concerns. That’s our federal, state, and local tax dollars at work. In a recent Public Square article, Vince Graham offers a succinct history of how this wrong turn in transportation occurred.