Been going down the rabbit hole on urban planning channels, out of curiosity given my suspicion that they are being pushed to the forefront as a Trojan horse to the Agenda 21 end goal.

Having cities be less car centric is not something I oppose, but those who are pushing for this model always use cities that just so happen to have a greater amount of racial homogeneity than the typical US cities. They just seem to think that they only factor to account for is the city layout, and nothing else.

For example, this video:

The guy brings up 3 cities, Seattle, Atlanta, and Detroit. One of these things is not like the other. Guess which one? And guess which one was considered more "walkable?" Yes, Seattle. Do you think he was going to be willing to address the elephant in the room on racial demographics? Nope.

Gee, I wonder if there is going to be less desire to build for "walkability" if people are afraid to walk around the neighborhoods.

It is not so much that cities with racial diversity could never have better design for walkability, but let's not kid ourselves about the cause and effects at play. When you are soft on crime, people are going to respond in other ways. If there is no movement to fix the crime issue, people will seek other ways around the issue. Thus, we get more and more car centric city designs by voters and those who are otherwise unwilling to deal with the crime issue.

Maybe I am speculating in some ways. But I know that the US has far different demographics than many of the cities that are brought up as positive examples. So even if these advocates got everything they wanted in changing the city design, I would not expect the end results to turn out just like a city in Japan or the Netherlands.

Yes, I am skeptical that making a city more "walkable" will somehow reduce crime by itself. Again, they fail to account for demographics.

@houseoftolstoy Car culture is basically a natural defense for a country silently trying to limit the spread of societal cancer. Most cancer cells don’t have $30,000 to operate a car and spread to better, more fertile lands to parasitize. Er, I mean, metastasize.


@WashedOutGundamPilot I too do not think it is a coincidence that car culture started emerging around the time that racial integration was being pushed in the USA. I do not think that other long term consequences were accounted for in this (such as infrastructure maintenance costs with more roads being a liability), but I don't think it was just some evil plan by car companies to sell more cars.

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