commuting to work — “traffic blues” or a rosy outlook?

  • In one of his articles, Inayatullah observes that citizens want fewer cars and more public transport. At the same time, the automobile is associated with freedom in various parts of the world, especially in the US – where it has given people the freedom to live in one place and work in another (and by some accounts has led to the decline of many “company towns”); however, by other accounts it has imposed a time-consuming commute slavery of its own.  At what point will “traffic blues” become an impetus for new living and working patterns and a better quality of life?  In addition to “traffic blues” – and perhaps rising fuel costs – what other “drivers” (pun intended) will lead to new living and working patterns?  In turn, what consequences will these new living and working patterns have?
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