How Our Laws Make It So Americans Have To Drive

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Today’s episode is all about cars — specifically, about how the law has paved the way for their dominance in our everyday lives and shaping the way we live in fundamental ways.

Our guest is Gregory Shill, a Law Professor at the University of Iowa who grew up here in Metro Detroit.

Professor Shill recently wrote a piece in the Atlantic headlined, “Americans shouldn’t have to drive, but the law insists on it.”

https://www.theatlantic.com/ideas/archive/2019/07/car-crashes-arent-always-unavoidable/592447/

It’s an especially germane topic here in Detroit, where there’s been so much controversy over adding protected bike lanes on busy roads and the recent decision to permanently close the Spirit of Detroit Plaza to vehicle traffic.

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