'Taken for a Ride' movie screening


'Taken for a Ride' movie screening

The story of how the automobile industry hastened a shift from public transportation to private cars through tactics ranging from cultural propaganda to ripping up tracks.

Wednesday, Aug 26, 7-9 pm
@ LivableStreets Alliance office, 100 Sidney St, Cambridge, MA 02139 map... external

Why doesn't our country have a better rail system? Why are we so dependent on private cars? It didn't just happen -- it was deliberately done. And this award-winning documentary by Jim Klein gives a deeply engaging perspective on the process, using archieval material, interviews, and lots of great photography. Definitely worth seeing in this period where our own state seems unable to find the funds to pay for its own public transportation needs.

StreetTalks are free and open to the public, donation suggested, beer/sodas provided compliments of Harpoon Brewery and delivered thanks to Metro Pedal Power! Sponsored by LivableStreets Alliance. For more information, click here external.

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> Other movies related to the same theme that you might enjoy:
Who Killed The Electric Car, documentary directed by Chris Paine
Trolleys: The Cars That Built Our Cities, documentary

> LivableStreets is advocating for city and state agencies to use the disruption that will be caused by the rebuilding of the Charles River bridges to encourage people to shift to public transportation or bicycling. Read more about our ideas and efforts here >>> external

July StreetTalk on "Mode Shift" Packs the House!

On July 22 seventy people packed into the LivableStreets Alliance office to hear Jason Schrieber, from Nelson/Nygaard Consulting Associates, talk about "Mode shift: moving from driving to biking, transit and walking." He described the need to create both "supply" and "demand" pressures for changing behavior and the huge cost of "free parking" -- which can cost up to $20,000 per space to create and raises both housing costs and urban congestion. Click here external to access a copy of Jason's slide show on our website.