Cars - Instant Pleasures and Long Term Impacts

A new book titled "Car Wars: How cars won our hearts and conquered our cities" discusses the wide-ranging impact of cars on our lives.
February 20, 2004, 12pm PST | Charlotte Fitzgerald
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Graeme Davison, author of "Car Wars", writes of the instant pleasures of the car and how it spurned individualism and freedom. This retrospective also examines how it changed the Australian urban landscape, street patterns and uses, like the introduction of motels and drive-in theatres. Signage was no longer aimed at pedestrians and "mating rituals" changed as young people were no longer geographically restricted in their search for a "mate". With cars also came road tolls, traffic, highways and freeways and, later on, compulsory seat belts and alcohol limits.

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Published on Saturday, February 14, 2004 in The Age, Australia
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