Carsick: Reclaiming Our Cities From The Automobile
Increasingly, young people attach more cachet to their smartphone than their car — if they have one at all. And developers are finding a market for parking-free condominiums. As the Toronto Star's award-winning urban affairs columnist and architecture critic Christopher Hume writes in his new Star Dispatches ebook, vehicles are losing their stranglehold on the culture. Pulling no punches, Carsick: Reclaiming Our Cities from the Automobile traces the car’s drastic effects on cities: newer communities, especially, have been designed to be much more friendly to machines than people. And then there’s the long agony of commutes, our roads’ death toll and the surprising costs of parking. “For now we are car-bound,” Hume laments while showing that the signs are beginning to point the other way.
Christopher Hume is the Toronto Star’s architecture critic and urban issues columnist. He won a National Newspaper Award in 2009 on his fifth NNA nomination and has received multiple other awards and citations. His book William James’ Toronto Views won a Toronto Heritage Award in 2000, and he is the author of the Star Dispatches ebook On the Waterfront: How a Small Agency with Paltry Power and Precarious Funding Changed a City. Hume appears frequently on radio and television. He was educated at the University of Toronto and Glendon College. Known as a champion of cities and the arts, Hume lives in downtown Toronto.