Gray Lady Joins the Attack on the Commute
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  • S.C. Schwarz

    It’s a fantasy, but it’s a fantasy you can expect the USEPA to be pushing for. And with CO2 declared a pollutant they have the power to do it.

  • crabtown

    Unless you actually produce stuff.

  • gerald

    What? No mention of automated driver-free cars?

  • Jane the Actuary

    Ah, yes — Generation Y (generally too young to have kids, if they’re middle-class), empty-nester Baby Boomers, and childless couples, in general, favor urban settings. Good for them. Short commutes are certainly a good thing, and I paid a premium for the location of my house, within easy walking distance of the suburban “downtown” district and commuter train station. But it’s not going to work to try to get families to live in condos and other dense housing that’s needed to get mass transit to work (most middle-class families want to give their children a back yard to play in) — and what “works” for a simple commute to the office doesn’t when you have to drop the kids off at daycare, or take them to their after-school activities.

    Sure, there are plenty of families who do live in urban areas, whether by choice or the limitations of their pocketbook. But at the same time, it’s no coincidence that the countries with the lowest birthrates are generally the ones that are an urban planner’s dream in terms of mass transit and density.

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