Urbification: Taking the sub out of Calif. suburbs

Walking. Bicycling. Alternatives to Driving Everywhere. Social justice. Alternatives to suburban boredom and waste. And the infrastructure and technology needed to get there.

Monday, March 22, 2004

In an era of mass-transit bombings, efforts persist to reinvent single-occupancy vehicle transportation. There's the Skycar -- recent darling of the TED Conference but also a failed concept for four straight decades. Then there's Personal Rapid Transit, which is also starting to look a bit long in the tooth, but also a transportation mode with a long string of failures behind it. My opinion: We can't engineer our way out of terrorist threats to transportation. We also can't afford these more exotic "personal transportation" options. Instead, can society gather the will to use technology to better regulate the existing motor vehicle highway system?

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