She's only one young woman, but Newton South senior Katie Sander's spirited defense of kids driving to Newton South is depressing:
You can take away my soul but don’t take away my car.
Perhaps I’m being a bratty, entitled Newton kid, but driving to school and work has significantly improved my quality of life (and that of my parents, who no longer have to lug me around). And Sean, I am suprised that you’re surprised that high schoolers aren’t bigger proponents of self-propulsion. If anything we’re leading a call for more parking spots.
Ms. Sanders thoughts are in the comments to a TAB blog entry about a student hit by a car in a school crosswalk.
At who's expense comes the improved quality of life? The neighborhoods along her route to school, particularly those close to the school? Her future self who will suffer the effects of climate change? Not to be too dramatic, but the soldiers dying in the Middle East because we want to protect our oil interests? The kid hit by the car?
It's also depressing that school traffic, much of which is unnecessary, is perhaps impossible to regulate, short of some sort of congestion-pricing scheme. So, the only hope is to convince kids and parents to alter their behaviors.
Based on Ms. Sander's comments, it won't be easy.