28 February 2014

Pedestrians vs. vehicles

A post earlier this week about "jaywalking" raised questions about the relative priority given by society to automobiles vs. pedestrians.  In that light these photos are interesting.  The top one, from a photoessay at the Telegraph entitled "How cars changed England," is captioned:
Kensal Green, 1921.  Not a single car to be seen. Streets such as this were built for the lower middle classes, and are now choked with parked cars.
There are a dozen more relevant images at the link.  The image below was in the Guardian a couple days ago -

- entitled "Manhattan, 1918":
Pedestrians, horse-drawn carriages, cars and open-top buses throng the intersection of 5th Avenue and 42nd Street in midtown Manhattan, New York City.
A lot of change in a time span of just one human life.  Food for thought.

Credit: Photograph: Kadel and Herbert/ National Geographic Society/Corbis [sepia removed]

1 comment:

  1. These posts remind me of the proposals offered by visionary designers of the 1920s and 1930s to simplify human-vehicle relations. Invariably motor traffic was given dominion over the ground level while pedestrians were confined to elevated walkways where they wouldn't be in the way.


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