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Unformatted text preview: ermits, parking fees and congestion charges. 16 | P a g e Mass Transit Negative BDL No Solvency – Car Culture [____] [____] There won’t be a transition away from cars —The love of the car prevents people from seeing any problems Robert Creighton, MA student at The New School for Public Engagement, 2005 (“Absence of Motion: Stillness in Cars” Project Thesis for the Master of Arts in Media Studies New School University) Automobiles have played an essential role in the development of U.S. culture throughout the last century. They represent better than any other consumer product the overwhelming power of the industrialization processes that were refined at the turn of the nineteenth century – so much so that the last one hundred years could be rightly called the century of the car. The impact of their production techniques and the business models of those that made them cannot be overstated. The car reached into all aspects of our lives. However it is the cultural impact of the car that has the greatest role in society. " The space that they occupy in the American psyche leads to the love affair with cars that we have maintained over the last 70 years. It acts as a mask when we want to ask difficult questions about the role of automobility in the future. Our emotional attachment to the car hides the inherent problems that they bring to the table. Car trouble has serious implications beyond the everyday frustrations one experiences in traffic. Yet the methodology of the car remains the same. Commercials espouse freedom, openness, and motion. These past ideals dominate the discussion of cars in the public sphere of the United States and throughout the rest of the world. The following examples will suggest how we’ve arrived at this point where the emotional attachment to the automobile is still so stro ng. 17 | P a g e Mass Transit Negative BDL No Solvency – No Riders [____] No one will use mass transit – Europe Proves Robert Utt, Ph.D., is Herbert and Joyce Morgan Senior Research Fellow in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation, 2011 (“Time to End Obama’s Costly High-Speed Rail Program,” 2/11, http://www.heritage.org/research/reports/2011/02/time-to-end-obamas-costly-high-speed-railprogram) If one’s knowledge of European travel preferences comes from Time, The New York Review of Books, and Pink Panther movies, then the President’s statement would seem to ring true. Sadly, the reality is quite different. European and Asian governments have paid staggering sums to subsidize a mode of travel that only a small and shrinking share of their populations uses .[18] In its most recent report on European travel patterns, the European Commission noted that passenger rail’s share of the European market (EU-27) declined from 6.6 percent in 1995 to 6.3 percent in 2008, reaching a low of 5.9 percent in 2004. Market shares for autos and buses also fell over the period, while the airlines’ market share jumped. In effect, Europeans are adopting more American modes o...
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