We are constantly bombarded with such commercials that tell us cars are fun to own and fun to do stupid things with. What they'll never tell us is what really happens when the automakers are successful with their brainwash:
What's really amazing is the fact that some people are so overwhelmed by densification yet don't bat an eye when more lanes are added to our highways or more bridges are built with more roads to accommodate more cars with our tax dollars. And here we are over a year away from a referendum to determine how to fund public transit in BC. Where were the referendums when all of our roads, bridges and highways were exponentially expanded with our tax dollars so that the auto corporations could take advantage of the tax-payer-funded market expansion that was created for them?
The Brentwood Mall Redevelopment is based on principles that will counter previous auto-centric trends. Will real estate be manipulated by developers with catch phrases such as "density", "sustainable living", "green living" to make people buy into the concept that small and dense is a good thing? Of course they will. How do you think we got to the unsustainable suburban, car-centric lifestyle that we've come to accept as being normal after decades of spread-out car-centred development. Many (if not all) of us that were born here were born into an auto-centric, suburban society that we have always viewed as being natural or normal without question at least until we were exposed to an alternative idea. It is what it is.
The following Globe and Mail article talks about the trend of having people live close to most of the amenities that they need. What an overwhelming concept that is!
The death and rebirth of the mall. You don’t drive there, you live there