May 23, 2007, marks a "mayday" call for all concerned citizens of the world?

This, although not strictly related to automobiles, strikes me as something that our readership might be interested in. According to current trends, researchers have theorized that May 23rd, 2007 - that's right, just a few days ago, was the date when the world went from mostly rural to mostly urban. Now, when they pick exact dates like this, the statement is not meant to be taken entirely literally, but you get the idea. That means that over 50 percent of the world's population lives in an urban setting. That might lend you to believe that people should need to drive less and use smaller vehicles for their travels, but we know that this is not the case. Perhaps we should say that people could drive less using smaller vehicles, but the masses choose not to, for the most part. Does that equal a distress signal to you, or no? It seems that most urban junk is ending up in rural areas.

If the United Stated had it all to do over again, knowing what we know now, might the landscape be a bit different? Could you imagine urban cities with electric charging stations at street corners instead of gas stations? How about well-designed mass transit options in large urban areas?

[Source: Gizmag]

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