Striking Comics and Photos Demonstrate Space Wasted by Cars

This article has been making the rounds on social media recently and is really worth checking out. Both the comics and the photos help demonstrate how much of our urban landscape is designated for cars but inevitably ends up unused. To see more of the snowstorm images from Philadelphia blogger Jon Geeting be sure to follow the link to This Old City. For the original link to the Vox article click here.

“Most roads in the US are built for cars, not for pedestrians. Whether we’re happy or unhappy with this, most of us are aware of it.

But this brilliant illustration, by Claes Tingvall of the Swedish Road Administration, shows just how extreme the situation truly is — even in an urban business district that’s designed with pedestrians in mind:

walking illustration

By depicting roads as chasms and crosswalks as rickety planks spanning them, Tingvall shows just how lopsided the the proportions of a normal urban street corner really are.

One particularly interesting thing is that, in many places, much of the space dedicated to cars doesn’t actually get used by them. These photos, taken by Jon Geeting of the Philadelphia blog This Old City, show how a snowstorm reveals the many parts of Philly streets that aren’t traversed by cars regularly.”

snow tracks