Under what circumstances is owning a car not possible or desirable? This is essentially the question posed by David Usborne in his comment piece in today’s Independent titled ‘The madness of owning a car in Manhattan’.
He mentions the impending congestion charge for the area and the price of a single yearly car parking space averaging at $165,000 (£80,500), which is exactly the same square foot cost ($1,100) for a new apartment in New York, but without the frills. However with public transport described as fit to burst, some may see why having a car in the city is still a very desirable proposition, but with a quarter of the emissions from cars in cities coming from drivers circling their neighbourhoods looking for a space should we be providing more parking or cutting down on car use altogether?
(Source: The Independent Monday 23rd July 2007, p.25)