There’s been quite a discussion over on Skyscraper City about mobility in this city; mainly over our dependence on our cars in Indianapolis and if we should continue to head down that path for our development. This issue is of great interest to me. It gets to the root of the actual reason that I started this blog almost two years ago.
I have a goal that I would like to be able to live in this city without a car. I live in a walkable neighborhood, take the bus to work (almost) daily, and have a decent bicycle, yet I still have not relinquished my automobile. If I want to visit a friend, go to my monthly meeting near the IUPUI campus, or visit some new corners to post on this blog, I still drive my car.
I can not deny the benefits that the mobility of the car provides me; however, I still wish to look at the larger picture. Where does the oil that powers my car originate? What guarantees that we will still have enough oil to power our society until we can find a credible alternative? What guarantees we’ll find an alternative at all? Also, my aversion to cars is not only about oil. I find the landscape that car-based planning has created to be inhumane. That applies not only to the suburbs, but for the city as well. Multi-story parking garages and surface lots will not suddenly become more attractive if the cars run on a clean fuel.
It is for this reason that I celebrate any type of movement that this city makes to make the city more friendly to pedestrians, cyclists, and transit. We still have a long way to go.