24 Aug '12, 11pm

The World Will Soon be One Giant Parking Lot

The World Will Soon be One Giant Parking Lot

As the developing nations like China, India, and Brazil continue to boom, millions of citizens are lifted into the ambiguously defined arena of the "middle class" every year. But how might we define what actually constitutes this ever-elusive middle class? A new study says it's simple: look at car ownership. Will Doig parses the findings: "If the notion is to be believed, these places have a long way to go in terms of economic development: In Brazil, there are fewer than 200 passenger vehicles per 1,000 people. China has a mere 34. India has 12." Carnegie /via The US has 900. Which is pretty incredible. But the developing world is catching up, and fast. Another study finds that it's entirely feasible that the world's vehicle fleet may grow 375% by 2050. And those cars will largely be added to cities already choked with traffic—Sao Paulo, Moscow, Shanghai; driving is a slo-...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/economics/world-will-soon-be-on...

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