Manhattan Should Ban Cars I worked with urban planners to show life in NYC if Manhattan bans most cars. With bus rapid transit, protected bike lanes and huge parks and pedestrian promenades, it’ll be better for everyone. The end of cars. Visualized.
If you added up all the space Manhattan devotes to cars — roadway, street parking, parking garages — you’d have an area nearly four times as large as Central Park. What if we gave that space back to New Yorkers? Such a great piece from
I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing By
YES, 1,000x YES! Or, to put it in terms economists can understand: this isn't about tiny marginal changes. It's about investment in public infrastructure to enable a new, significantly higher equilibrium — increased mobility, health & wealth.
Truly important essay: a New York without cars would be a remarkable place! And maybe it's a moment for action, there and around the world
This is the best opinion piece I've ever read!
If you add up all the space Manhattan devotes to cars, you’d have an area nearly four times as large as Central Park. What if we gave all that space back to people? Rethinking our cities with
"Without cars, Manhattan’s streets could give priority to more equitable and accessible ways of getting around, including an extensive system of bike “superhighways” and bus rapid transit." Please take me to this future envisioned by
Why do American cities waste so much space on cars?  considers what the future could look like without them.
“Cars make every other form of transportation a little bit terrible. The absence of cars, then, exerts its own kind of magic — take private cars away, and every other way of getting around gets much better.” Via ⁦
I can honestly say I’ve never seen an article like this before. The visuals are remarkable & show what on-line articles can/have become. And the conversation is challenging, & needs more diverse voices. Thanks for including me with , .
In the last day the NYT has run three very urbanist articles: calls to make Manhattan private car-free, to stop building more roads, and to make NYC a biking city. Hard to imagine this just a few years ago.
In Opinion writes, “Rather than stumble back into car dependency, cities can begin to undo their worst mistake: giving up so much of their land to the automobile.”
Sous la plume d'un de ses journalistes vedettes, le "New York Times" image une ville sans voiture dans un long format fabuleux 🌆 #StreetFight
NYT columnist tells readers today "there is little evidence that public transit is responsible for the spread of the coronavirus" and that public transit "might be no less safe than cars." A quick google search (or common sense) shows this is false.
I love 's work and this piece is beautiful. And (not but) I think these urban-design-driven pieces all need to mark how the vision is anti-racist, and more inclusive of marginalized people in ways that can measurably improve their lives. 1/2
It can be easy to forget how dangerous driving is until it goes away. Research found fatal/injury accidents are down 50% since the pandemic began. Over a year, that equals 20,000 lives saved plus tens of thousands saved from long-term pollution exposure
In : "Rather than stumble back into car dependency, cities can begin to undo their worst mistake: giving up so much of their land to the automobile."
Many of the most intractable challenges faced by America’s urban centers stem from the same cause — a lack of accessible physical space, writes .
We can remake our transportation system. Let’s not fall back into our bad habits of devoting unending land to cars, prioritizing parking over housing, defunding public transit & deprioritizing bike & pedestrian safety. Let’s envision a better future.
Something I’ve had a hard time reconciling is my to-the-core-of-my-being love of cars with the inconvenient truth that they ruin… basically everything. You’re killing me with this, , in no small part as a fellow Golf R owner. But you’re right.
“Even if you’re a committed daily driver, it’s in your best interest for walking, biking & public transit to be as attractive as possible for everyone else—because that means you’re going to be able to drive easier.” — with
Eine Zukunft ohne Autos ist eine großartige, sichere und saubere Zukunft. #autofrei
“Will traffic soon be worse than ever? Not if we choose another path. Rather than stumble back into car dependency, cities can begin to undo their worst mistake: giving up so much of their land to the automobile.” A better post-pandemic future.
“In most American cities, wherever you look, you will see a landscape constructed primarily for the movement and storage of automobiles, not the enjoyment of people,” writes . Isn’t there a better way?
Hi! I’m chatting about my piece about banning private cars from Manhattan and other American cities. Also about school and other stuff. Join me!
As I start my bicoastal journey ⁩, below is a parting gift to the city I love by ⁦⁩ ⁦. Read PAU's full proposal to ban private cars from Manhattan for the sake of all N.Y.C.—Not. Your. Car.
Recommended read: I’ve seen a future without cars – and it’s amazing |
This is the most important streets story of the week. Thank you, ⁦⁩ for seeing the light. H/T ⁦⁩!
The pandemic gave us a glimpse of a Manhattan liberated from cars. does some neat crystal-ball-gazing
I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars for those who don't need them, and It’s Amazing
Such a magnificent article! Content and presentation. Wish I lived in this world 👇
i would like to live in the new york city envisioned here
Are you concerned about racial and economics desparities in air quality? Transit access? Access to jobs? Physical well-being? It’s the cars. sums up our thinking on why we’re getting rid of cars in NYC in this extremely compelling visual essay.
Ban cars in Manhattan.
Cleaner air. Fewer pedestrian fatalities. Hundreds of acres of new parks. 's latest piece in the beautifully visualizes a world with fewer cars and lays out the path to achieve it. #urbanisme
Appreciate how adds that electric cars are no environmental panacea
Commie wagon or freedom chariot? Not sure, but there's no need for private vehicles to dominate urban centres.
Land in urban centres is a precious resource. Why give so much of it to the private auto? This is a compelling read and glimpse (thanks to interactive graphics) on what the day-to-day experience in urban centres could be without the rule of private autos.
Opinion | I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing - The New York Times
Why do American cities waste so much space on #cars? What if we gave that space back to #pedestrians? explains their vision for a future without cars: #cities #transit #publictransit #transportationplanning #cityplanning #urbanplanning
Motorists, take note. 'Even if you’re a committed daily driver, “it’s in your best interest for walking, biking and public transit to be as attractive as possible for everyone else — because that means you’re going to be able to drive easier”'
This piece is fantastic. Out with the cars. Love this graphic especially. (Also the streets here in SLC are absurdly huge and we could do so much more with them…)
Very exciting concept (from my perspective, as someone who grew up in NY)- I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing
I am hopeful that we only put up with car culture because most of us haven't seen how nice things are when cars are a part of life but don't completely dominate it. In that light, the work the NYTimes did here picturing it is very useful
Time to think beyond the car. Super reporting by and great graphics from . This is an opportunity for #philanthropy
In which ⁦⁩ gets on the Kara Swisher no-car-for-me express. Great column and epic visualizations via
I would like to announce the NYT is good again
The Future without Cars ...
"But private cars account for so many of Manhattan’s vehicles that banning them would instantly improve life for just about everyone who lives and works in New York" [email protected]
This is a beautiful vision of a reduced-car NYC. YES, PLEASE
I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars,🚶‍♀️🚴and It’s Amazing. Why do cities waste so much space on cars?🚗🛻 by via #Covid19 #sdoh
As a gift to the health and wellbeing of everyone in NYC, reclaim it from cars, return it to the people. ⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁩ ⁦⁦
During the pandemic, it has made me nuts to see people struggle to give each other space on narrow sidewalks while parked and moving cars gobble up most of the room. Maybe there is a better way, from
Hey, I’ll be chatting here on twitter at 10 am / 1 pm today about my piece on cars in cities. Join me!
Superb piece here by calling for banning cars in Manhattan. Great argument, dazzling graphics.
Henry Ford: “If I’d asked what they wanted, they would've said, ‘A faster horse!’” Is quest for better car similar? Uber & Tesla just faster horses? Better way to revolutionize #transport to think beyond the car entirely? Excellent piece
Wow. This brilliant, beautiful piece envisioning a world without cars is so worth your time. Please read! I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing
I love this! Lewis Mumford, the great historian of cities, once wrote: "Forget the damned motor car and build cities for lovers and friends." I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing
Quality of life in London has improve immeasurably since the congestion tax. We need to go further than this.
Opinion | I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing - The New York Times
Impressed with the visual layout of this NYTimes piece, really taking advantage of the web as a journalism medium
YES. Now do DC too please. At a minimum, we should do this on 50% of city roads. What an additional boon more outdoor dining options and public space would be right now...
A silver lining of the pandemic is a glimpse of reduced car-dependence. Great piece by focusing on the simple matter of how much space we have lost to the automobile -- plus alternatives of what we might do if we reclaimed it.
I can see what the NYT are doing here, but this scrolly visioning of a car free Manhattan gave me a headache
Yes, please yes! A beautiful vision for Manhattan. Bonus: it would be degrees cooler too!🥵 via
This image is what Amsterdam looks like I’ve Seen a Future Without Cars, and It’s Amazing