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✊️🏙 China is phasing out gas cars 🚗 Embracing other modes of transit 🚌 A closer look at California 🚄

Several European countries have already announced an end date for the sale of gas and diesel vehicles
✊️🏙 China is phasing out gas cars 🚗 Embracing other modes of transit 🚌 A closer look at California 🚄
By Radical Urbanist • Issue #2 • View online
Several European countries have already announced an end date for the sale of gas and diesel vehicles, but China’s intention to do the same is a big deal. It will force automakers to sell more electric vehicles (EVs) through a rising quota beginning in 2019. But is simply shifting from our current vehicles to electric ones enough?
There’s a growing recognition, particularly in European cities, but also in some of North America’s largest metro areas, that car usage must be reduced significantly. In order to do this, massive investments are being made in public transit and cycling infrastructure to entice people to make the choice to switch, but in some cases they must also be pushed. Several European cities are taking away parking and reduce space for vehicles in order to send a clear message about the future of mobility in their cities.
However, Europe isn’t the only place of interest. California, a place known for its car culture, is making big investments in expanding local rail networks, building North America’s first high-speed rail system, and is trying to make it easier for people to use alternative modes of transit. Typically when people think of a transit-reliant US city, they think of New York. But will Los Angeles come to rival it in the near future?

🚗 Is China's embrace of EVs good enough?
🚴‍♀️ We need to reduce car usage
🚄 Spotlight on California
🤔 Something to think about
An enlightening perspective on home ownership from renowned anthropologist and geographer David Harvey in Rebel Cities:
Homeownership was widely promoted as central to the “American Dream,” and it rose from just above 40 percent of the population in the 1940s to more than 60 percent by the 1960s, and close to 70 percent at its peak in 2004 (as of 2010, it had fallen to 66 percent). Homeownership may be a deeply held cultural value in the United States, but cultural values flourish remarkably when promoted and subsidized by state policies. The stated reasons for such policies are all those that the World Bank Report cites. But the political reason is rarely now acknowledged. As was openly noted in the 1930s, debt-encumbered homeowners do not go on strike. The military personnel returning from service in World War II would have constituted a social and political threat had they returned to unemployment and depression. What better way to kill two birds with one stone: revive the economy through massive housing construction and suburbanization and co-opt the better-paid workers into conservative politics by debt-encumbered homeownership!
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