Jane Holtz Kay: America's Changing Car Culture

Author of "Asphalt Nation" Jane Holtz Kay says the times they are a-changing for America's car culture.
June 2, 2004, 7am PDT | Abhijeet Chavan
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"Has the Hummer gone flat? Is the mobile icon of the born-to-drive, bigger-is-better American vehicle now the target du jour? So it would seem from recent news that the Hummer has dropped in popularity. As the company's H2 continues its eight-month decline, is this symbol of the car culture's excess beginning to pass into oblivion?...the car-as-tool was transformed into the car-as-trap. Advancing sprawl, squeezing pedestrian space, stripping streets of rails and funds for public transportation -- thereby depriving the old, the young and the poor of mobility, access and amenities -- the so-called vehicle of choice throttles our lives."

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Published on Tuesday, June 1, 2004 in The Los Angeles Times
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