|Quoting DfwRevolution (Reply 67):|
And as I said, I don't think you represent the attitude of an average American.
|Quoting Klaus (Reply 68):|
Attitudes change with opportunity. At this point, americans don't have a choice.
There's a lot of truth to Klaus's statement. Japan is an excellent example. Space limitations and the need for high capacity transport options aside, culturally
there is no reason for Japanese to have any less love for motoring than Americans. Walk into any bookstore in this country and you'll find dozens more magazines devoted to cars, car parts, car design and car history than nearly any other topic except women's fashion. Despite an utter lack of necessity (and parking!) for it, most middle class Japanese households have two cars as well.
and advantageous efficiency have shaped the way people here commute and travel for leisure in a way that transcends this country's love for motoring. There are many places where JR
and/or two or three other local private railways compete on similar services on adjacent rights of way, if not the same one. The land use patterns have something to do with that, sure, but it's the desire to have options that created the situation in the first place.
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