Will Doig writing at Salon, considers how deliberately slowing down urban movement brings social, economic and psychological benefits.
"For generations, velocity has defined the urban experience: screeching subways, maniacal taxis, hustling crowds. Life in the fast lane.
But look around...and you might notice that a lot of the new ideas seeping into cities are aimed not at making them faster, but slowing them down. The buzziest mode of transport now is a bicycle. Streetcars, a pokey throwback, are returning. Walkable neighborhoods, traffic-calming measures and "slow zones" are catching on, and freeways are being torn down and replaced with lower-speed boulevards. Even things like sit-down pedestrian plazas and pop-up cafes seem to indicate a desire to slacken the pace.
But the slow-city movement isn't just about cars, nor is it always about safety. There's a growing sense that getting around - even if it is slower - can become a joy in itself."