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Monthly Archives: July 2011

Cars and Bikes

Sunday, July 31, 2011

I have an op ed in the New York Times today on the topic of how American cities and European cities deal with cars… Amsterdam.  AS an American who has been living here for several years, I am struck, every time I go home, by the way American cities remain manacled to the car. While Europe is dealing with congestion and greenhouse gas buildup by turning urban centers into pedestrian zones and finding innovative ways to combine driving with public transportation, many American cities are carving out more parking spaces. It’s all the more bewildering because America’s collapsing infrastructure would seem to cry out for new solutions. Go to the story.