“War On Cars”: A History

Eric de Place at Sightline has written an interesting piece on the origins of the phrase “war on cars” from its origins in the late 1990s through its current heyday in city’s attempt to make alternate modes on transportation viable. In short:

So that’s the origin of Seattle’s “war on cars” tempest in a teapot: it was a low-level “meme” that circulated for a decade or so; bubbled up in Toronto; was then picked up by a few right-leaning national pundits in the US; and was then parroted by the Seattle-area noise machine.

Read the whole article on Sightline.


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