It’s not just the government that’s banning cars – or making it hard to own a car. Private developers are working toward the same thing – styled the “attrition of the automobile” in urban planning circles.
One of these developers – Culdesac – is erecting a specifically car-attrited stack-a-prole apartment complex in Tempe, AZ. There are no parking spaces or even places nearby to park a car. The whole point of the operation – in the words of Culdesac’s visionaries – is to build “housing” for the “post-car era.”
Which would be fine if it were a natural evolution. Some people either don’t like or don’t feel the need for cars – or for the personal space/independent ownership a single family home provides – and like the idea of being able to walk or bicycle to and fro.
Such people choose to live in cities – and apartments.
What’s not fine is forcing people who don’t want to live in cities – or stack-a-prole apartment complexes – into the “post-car era.” Which is what this is all about.
Culdesac isn’t banning cars, per se.
It hasn’t got the power to do that – or to force anyone to move into one of its 636 stack-a-prole apartments in Tempe. But it is anticipating an artificially created demand for such stack-a-prole housing, as more and more people are forced into cities and stack-a-prole “housing” by government-corporate policies designed to make owning a car (as well as a single family home) onerous – and driving one unpleasant.
Italicized to emphasize that it is intentional. Government/corporate elites (it amounts to the same thing) dislike the autonomy that is a function of personal mobility.
The first salvos were fired in the form of exhaust emissions standards, which had the sheen of legitimacy and reasonableness because at that time (the 1960s) the air in some areas was smoggy and motor vehicle exhaust emissions were contributing to it. But that problem was solved 30 years ago – in the 1990s – which left a need for new ammunition to use against the car and the people driving it.
“Fuel economy” was loaded into the breech – justified on the basis of supposedly imminent fuel scarcity and thus a need to “conserve” the dwindling supply. But this wasn’t even a problem – ever. The “scarcity” bogey was never real; it was the result of political machinations by OPEC – the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries – which turned off the spigot to punish Uncle for his policies in the Middle East.
But the lie about scarcity sold for decades – until the accession of the Orange Man, who turned on the domestic spigots. It is now plain to everyone who cares to look into it that there is so much oil – right here – that government fuel-efficiency fatwas premised on scarcity are vaporous.
Which is why vapor – carbon dioxide – has become the latest weapon deployed against the car and personal mobility.
It will also be used against the electric car, by the way. Once the electric car has done away with other cars. It will then be discovered (though it is already known) that electric cars also produce the dreaded vapor – just indirectly – and since the source of the vapor is immaterial, if you accept the assertion that the “climate” is in “crisis” because of it – it will suddenly become necessary to make electric cars more onerous and expensive to own, in order to reduce the number of them owned. As well as driven.
This will be done by imposing heavy taxes on the electricity they burn (which requires the burning of various fossil fuels) or on the cars themselves, as by mileage taxation – or by rescinding the currently incentivizing kickbacks awarded to those who “buy” them.
Psychological war has also been waged upon the car. The first attempts – launched back in the ‘70s and into the ‘80s – failed miserably because the people then driving had grown up loving cars and the personal mobility a car gave them. Thus, the chorus deriding cars as “unsafe” didn’t sell.
Early efforts to make driving un-fun such as the 55 MPH National Maximum Speed Limit, automated seat belts (then air bags) were also met with contempt – as well as passive and active resistance – by most adults in the ‘70s and ‘80s.
That generation – now ascending – never knew the freedom of mobility cars gave their parents and older brothers and sisters – because they were never allowed to experience it. They were conditioned almost from conception to dislike even being in a car – via the expedient of laws requiring them to be be caged inside the car from earliest memory to near-adolescence.
Thus, by the time they approached being old enough to drive themselves, they didn’t want to drive. It is not hard to understand why so many of them – about a third of those in the 16-25 age bracket – don’t even have a driver’s license.
Many say that they have no intention of getting one, ever.
They are ready to willingly move into the stack-a-prole “housing” envisioned by developers like Culdesac, which quite openly states its long-term goal: “To remake cities all over the U.S. for people, not cars.”
Electric cars will make it very difficult to live far from a city – far from work – due not so much to the shorter range of the EV but rather because of the time it takes to recharge an EV and the limitations on mobility and autonomy that imposes.
The prohibitive cost of the EV itself will make outside-the-cul-de-sac living all-but-impossible for most people – once the full (true) cost of the EV is draped around the shoulders of the public.
All of this to further the goal to achieve a “car free” America by 2030. Which will mean a mobility-free America. Or at least, an America in which the mobility of the masses – which is you and I – is defined by how far we can walk – or pedal – in a day.
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