End to Automobility?
As reported by Tim Redmond in last week’s San Francisco Bay Guardian: “Jason Henderson, a geography professor at San Francisco State University,lays out that case in a new book, Street Fight: The Politics of Mobility in San Francisco. He argues, persuasively, that the era of easy “automobility” — a time when people could just assume the ease and convenience of owning and using a private car as a primary means of transportation — has come to an end.
Henderson isn’t suggesting that all private vehicles go away; there are places where cars and trucks will remain the only way to move people and supplies around. But in the urban and suburban areas where most Americans live, the automobile as the default option simply has to end.
‘In 10 years, there will be less automobility,’ he said in a recent interview. ‘It’s a simple limit to resources.’
And the sooner San Francisco [Portland and every other city, too] starts preparing for that, the better off the city and its residents are going to be.”