The Car: America’s Monarch

From zoning laws to the tax code, “automobile supremacy” has long been written into America’s legal system—despite the dangers of driving, writes law professor Gregory H. Shill. The evidence:

  • Transportation tax breaks favor cars not public transportation.
  • Zoning laws in many areas disallow higher-density housing, forcing Americans to scatter and then drive to get anywhere.
  • Parking quotas force buildings to accommodate vehicles. 

But there's a sprig of hope: Being laws, they can be reversed.

Road reformers could fight for the right to walk; litigation can hold entities accountable for dangerous street design.

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