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Was the automobile the worst thing to happen to American society? America would be a much better place today if we didn't scrap all of our streetcars and interurbans for highways.
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>>60019
no
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>>60019
Fuck, some anon posted a great link to this a while ago, but now I can't find it.

Anyway, the Eisenhower Highway System, while officially for defence purposes - was primarily to increase consumption and usage of cars, before that there existed a pretty good public transportation system.

The public transport was also bought up by several car manufacturers at the same time - when we also see a rapid decline in it's usage. While this was later considered a cartel agreement - the one who confiscated it was the same Eisenhower.
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>>62528
You're probably thinking of the "great streetcar conspiracy," which was actually proven to be a legitimate conspiracy by GM to end existing streetcar service in major cities and replace it with buses (made by GM, of course) and highways.

There's a good thread about this on /n/, the transportation board.

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Absolutely yes. North America had/has absolutely everything going for it - space, natural beauty, wealth, peace - but fucked it up totally by utterly destroying almost all its cities through sprawl.

If I could go back in time and change one thing, it would no-joke be to ban the personal ownership of automobiles.
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>>60019
car culture is the ultimate expression of autonomy

man traded the horse for communal transport like trains and ships during the industrial era

theres just a natural pressure individual car ownership in a society rich enough for this to be affordable to regular folk
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This could be your future, America - but no.
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>>64971
This post doesn't make any sense.
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>>64971
Fuck you, the Shire sucks.
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America after WWII became shit.
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>>63898
The only time car culture can express autonomy is through massive public investment in free-to-use infrastructure.

Which removes autonomy from everyone who has not yet bought into car culture. Wow, such autonomy.

It's a pretty terrible ideal of autonomy. Urbanism does it better.
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>>60019

They are inefficient, dangerous and pollutive.

Look at your typical strip mall. Parking lots are at least 2 times the area of the stores they serve. I wish I lived in he horse and buggy days living in a compact city with people out on the street instead of boxed off in a tinted car.
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>>66253
>Urbanism is autonomous

Are you fucking serious?
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