Since its invention in 1886, the gasoline-fueled motorcar has become the dominant form of transport in modern society. Helped by the mining of cheap oil, car ownership took off in the latter half of the twentieth century, and today the car seems almost ubiquitous on our streets. But that in itself is problematic. Besides the environmental concerns, designing cities for the ease of cars to get around negates many other, human, aspects of city life.
This fascinating article looks at how perspectives are starting to shift on how we want our cities to be, and how cars fit (or don’t) into that vision.