Monday, May 19, 2008

Things gotta change

Writing from Berlin, Paul Krugman nicely makes the case that to address the challenges of global warming and a diminishing supply of oil, we have to live more densely.

Any serious reduction in American driving will require more than this — it will mean changing how and where many of us live.

To see what I’m talking about, consider where I am at the moment: in a pleasant, middle-class neighborhood consisting mainly of four- or five-story apartment buildings, with easy access to public transit and plenty of local shopping.

In other words, a lot more like Brookline than Wellesley.

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