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Car Free Cities A Graphic with A Homily on The Subject


Rewritten 10.17.12

Car Free City A Graphic
This graphic is meant to be seen from above
From a distance
I see it as a car free city
In the center a great open space
A variety of structures
sweep out diagonally and at right angles
Short blocks 20 to the mile
I see prefabrication becoming
so advanced it is an industry 
that exceeds the auto industry in heft
A new wave of manufacturing
Smart surfaces 
Walls like monitors
If  this is real
and reality is what happens according to the
democratic selection of values 
Then  car free cities will be built
Car free cities will not perpetuate the oil slavery of the present
with its limping economy
Car free cities  will be voluntary  
Tolerance of others will be their sign
not the intolerance and stratification of sprawl
Helpfulness and proximitywill rule
Everything needed for living will be nearby
Local economies will flourish
Democracy is continually realized actualization 
an ontological value within all persons
Car free cities are the wave of the global future

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…