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Charles Lave was Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of California, Irvine (calave@uci.edu).

Cars and Demographics

Charles Lave

Imagine that it’s January 1993. Our environmentalist coalition has swept all the national elections and is ready to declare war on the automobile. We shall make urban life in America as civilized as urban life in Europe. Our major legislative program is put forth, and passed: We triple the price of gasoline – to $4 per gallon. We build thousands of miles of rail transit. We radically increase the cost of downtown parking. We effectively restrict land use so that most of the suburban population moves back into the cities.

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