‘Learning to live without cars’ ABC 810 RN, 20 July 2015

Professor Peter Newman was recently described to us as “the pre-eminent transport planner in Australia, if not the world.”

‘…research shows we’ve reached ‘peak car’: car ownership and usership are both beginning to decline. And cities are becoming far better places because they are less car-dependent,’ Newman says. ‘The six most walkable cities in the US are 38 per cent wealthier, they have a higher GDP than the rest. So it’s a significant factor of competition between cities now that if you really want to progress and facilitate the knowledge economy, then you must make walkable, transit-oriented areas. If you don’t, you won’t be competitive; you will slowly decline the way Detroit has, because it’s just a consumption-oriented city now.’

P. Newman (The Beeliar Group)