Fort Lauderdale

Freedom from cars or freedom for cars

We arrive in Ft. Lauderdale and are immediately defeated. Public transit is done for the day, forcing us to either hail a cab or camp out until morning. Like most U.S. cities, Ft. Lauderdale is primarily the domain of that dominant North American species Homo-Automotivis, the result of a century of breeding cars and people. If it takes longer to get where you want to go, if the trip is more dangerous and expensive, if you don’t interact with anyone on the way and if there is no longer anywhere to go, what good is all this motion? The automobile is promoted as a means to freedom, but at the heart of car dependence lies isolation.

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