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Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny

 
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Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny
In the years since, American government at all levels crossed a line. Instead of merely accommodating some people’s desire to drive, our laws essentially force driving on all of us—by subsidizing it, by punishing people who don’t do it, by building a physical landscape that requires it, and by insulating reckless drivers from the consequences of their actions. To page through the law books today is to stumble again and again upon evidence of automobile supremacy. The range and depth of legal supports for driving is bewildering. But these laws, which are everywhere we look, are also opportunities.

All of these laws can be reversed directly by the legislative bodies responsible for passing them in the first place. However, a growing body of academic research suggests that, even when most people favor less restrictive zoning, local officials will side with wealthy homeowners who favor the status quo. In these cases, state legislators can be called upon to help. Reformers have succeeded in doing so in Oregon and have shown promise in California. Far less attention has been paid, however, at the federal level. Recently, several Democratic candidates for president have released federal plans to prod states and cities to relax their zoning.

Congress could condition a small share (say, 5 percent) of federal funds on the adoption by states of housing-production goals or Vision Zero design standards calibrated for safety. Conditional appropriations, which are how Congress goaded states into raising the drinking age, are already in use for numerous transportation programs.

Litigation for dangerous street design is another promising way to hold public entities accountable. So far, plaintiffs have mostly sought money damages, but they can also seek design changes through injunctive relief, including by class action. This has the potential to move not only laws and budgets but the entire discourse around street safety.

Finally, reformers could seek recognition of the freedom to walk. The federal Americans With Disabilities Act and state and local counterparts, as well as case law recognizing a constitutional right to movement, suggest such a right to mobility.

Americans customarily describe motor-vehicle crashes as accidents. But the harms that come to so many of our loved ones are the predictable output of a broken system of laws. No struggle for justice in America has been successful without changing the law. The struggle against automobile supremacy is no different.
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Re: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny
I posted the last section of the article. I did read the entire thing and can honestly say, I have no F'ing clue what this guy is trying to argue. For a so called law professor, this article is incoherent at times and down right insane.
I guess he wants everyone to walk or maybe ride horses. I honestly cannot comprehend what he is talking about.
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Re: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny
I know this - Americans from an earllier era (1800's for example) would in no way put up with today's psycho cops and their sense of entitlement towards drivers and everyone else.
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Re: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny
Yes, it is hard to walk all the way home with your groceries on your back.
You would probably be making many trips to get them home.
When it comes to bigger items you might have to load them on an animal or a sleigh and drag it all the way home.

Your world would be very small and only as much as your can walk in a day.
Although some people never drive mainly due to a phobia for driving and that while they ride with others driving at high rates of speed and it does not bother them.

Horse and buggy is not an option it takes way more than a garage to maintain it, then going off in it would create problems on the roads and streets.

Vehicles are convenient and nice to have.
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Re: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny
Yes, it is hard to walk all the way home with your groceries on your back.
You would probably be making many trips to get them home.
When it comes to bigger items you might have to load them on an animal or a sleigh and drag it all the way home.

Your world would be very small and only as much as your can walk in a day.
Although some people never drive mainly due to a phobia for driving and that while they ride with others driving at high rates of speed and it does not bother them.

Horse and buggy is not an option it takes way more than a garage to maintain it, then going off in it would create problems on the roads and streets.

Vehicles are convenient and nice to have.
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Couldn't agree more. I would love a horse and buggy. It might be fun to trot up to the store with one. However, I don't own acres of land for a horse, the upkeep of the animal alone would cost prohibitive.

For the life of me I cannot tell what this psycho is advocating for. Does he want everyone to walk, ride a bike, own a horse, what?

You gave the example of groceries which is apropos but what about when you need to buy a new couch, mulch, furniture, ect? Are we just going to walk down the road hauling big heavy items because this nut job doesn't like cars?
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I feel like the guy who wrote this article had his license suspended for dui and now he's pissed he has to take the bus.
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Re: Americans Shouldn’t Have to Drive, but the Law Insists on It, this article is both insane and funny
It's as if this guy is advocating for smaller towns and cities were everything you could possibly need to shop for is within walking distance. He never address how you get you purchases back home.

Or maybe he wants the country to go back to when everything was delivered? I honestly can't tell what he's looking for.





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