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.