ABG reader writes a rebuttal to our Indian car growth post
However, I just want to clarify a little of what I said. As I said, it would be unfair limit development potential in other countries, but I think it would certainly be prudent for people in places like India and China to learn from us. In retrospect, many of the decisions about transportation and urban development in North America - and to a lesser degree in Europe - are clearly not sustainable over the long term. I never meant to imply that developing countries should address climate change before the developed countries do.
We all need to work to address the issues now. The economic development curve in India is still in the relatively early stages and it's still possible to change the path they are on. It will be a lot easier to think about how cities develop from a transportation perspective now than it will be twenty or thirty years from now. If the Indians and Chinese can learn from our mistakes and do things right, maybe we can learn something from them. You can find Manu's response here.
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