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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

A Road Revolution in the Philippines

Posted by on Wed, Feb 19, 2014 at 8:22 AM

Yesterday, the cover story of the Philippine Daily Inquirer...

MANILA, Philippines—A group of Filipinos, including children and students, on Monday asked the Supreme Court to compel the government to implement a road-sharing scheme, saying that practically all the roads in the country are given to just less than 2 percent of the population that owns motor vehicles.
“The 98 percent of Filipinos are not even given proper space for them to walk or bike,” the group said.
It is demanding that half of the roads be set aside for nonmotorized transportation, safe and covered sidewalks, edible gardens and all-weather bike lanes, and the other half for an organized transport system.

Much of the future of the world depends on developing and underdeveloped countries abandoning the American form of urbanization. It's a dead end. The city was not made for cars, and the suburbs (the terminal point of car urbanism) do not pay for themselves (they are political fictions that are heavily subsidized). And the poorer a country is, the more its car infrastructure is a subsidy for just one class: the rich. For a developing country to reach American levels of car dependency would require not only massive subsidies for infrastructure but also a big part of state expenditures devoted to the maintenance of a massive army.


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Is that a partially-folded $1500 Brompton in the foreground of that photo?

If we're protesting the disparate rights afforded the poor, that would present a somewhat discordant image.
Posted by Brooklyn Reader on February 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM · Report this
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Good Morning Charles,
I agree with you wholeheartedly. Having never owned an automobile by choice I concur they, cars aren't meant for the city. I found that out living in the very near western suburb of Chicago, Oak Park, IL. It does have rapid, fixed-rail, public transit access to a great city. It's (public transit in Oak Park) also been around for 150 years (?) or before the creation/rise of the automobile.

I believe in the next 150 years, cars will be obsolete relatively speaking. They'll be around but very limited, not in great cities and only used for intercity transit (mostly families) unless train links are further expanded.
Posted by lark on February 19, 2014 at 11:25 AM · Report this

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