Beware of Car-Crazy Americans

US urban planner Edward Glaeser says Scotland should adopt low-density development and big-box retail parks. Jackie Kemp explains why he is wrong.
February 12, 2004, 8am PST | Abhijeet Chavan | @legalaidtech
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Americans and their car culture are despoiling that beautiful country at a fearsome rate...Vast suburbs...are thrown up with more regard for parking than the environment...new, large houses march inexorably across the plain...in summer these wooden houses literally vibrate with the air-conditioning machines which keep them like fridges inside, gobbling up power stations-worth of electricity. Each has a large garden, kept green by almost constant sprinklings of fresh water...[Edward] Glaeser says Scotland needs to attract the rich – by building low-density housing served by big box retail parks. But do we really want to live that way?

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Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2004 in The Herald (UK)
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