Comment 67047

By Undustrial (registered) - website | Posted July 28, 2011 at 13:30:23

The auto industry and their supporters have been lobbying to forbid pedestrians from roads for nearly a century now. Looking at the history of the first jaywalking laws, they were laughably unpopular and nearly unenforceable. So instead they turned their efforts on public opinion - launching ad campaigns in major newspapers and other public relations efforts. Where laws failed, they turned toward cultural engineering.

"Car culture" was created. Laws, the media and even urban forms were manipulated to help sell more cars. Because of the colossal size and clout of the auto industry, they were able to steam-roll nearly all opposition, and today we can see the results all around us.

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