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Chart: There Is No "War On Cars" in New York City

Local media is calling it a "war on cars." This chart shows that if it is a "war," the cars are winning.

"The city’s war on automobiles has just gone aerial," crowed the Rupert Murdoch-owned New York Post in January. "Some might say there is a 'war on cars' going on in New York City," whined the Rupert Murdoch-owned My Fox News New York last Fall.

The media—particularly the Rupert Murdoch-owned media—loves for there to be a "war on" something or other that embodies the conservative status quo. A few years ago it was the "war on Christmas." Now it's the "war on cars."

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Moving Beyond the Automobile: More from the Streetfilms Series on Livable Streets

The second installment of Streetfilms' excellent video series on the transportation solutions of the future, just released this week, covers cycling.

The good folks at Streetfilms have started rolling out a new 10-part video series about smart and proven solutions for reducing automobile traffic and making city streets safer, healthier, and better for business. In other words: making the streets more livable.

It's called Moving Beyond the Automobile, and here's how they describe it:

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What Do the World's Most Romantic Cities Have in Common?

We love—and fall in love in—cities that engender the main elements of smart, sustainable urbanism.


Kaid Benfield, Sustainable Cities and Smart Growth Director for the NRDC, answers this question in his annual Valentine's Day must-read post on the intersection of smart, sustainable urbanism, livable streets, and romance:

Prague. Venice. Rome. Paris. These are some destinations that perennially make "ten-most-romantic cities” lists. I just looked at three such sites, and all four cities were consensus picks. Vienna and Lisbon each made two of the lists.

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