You know, we're pretty good at bringing people together in the Boston area … particularly as compared to Atlanta:
A 2003 World Bank study comparing various cities in the United States illustrated the dramatic difference a bit of sprawl can make. Boston, for instance, isn't the most compact city around, but if its population was as spread out as, say, Atlanta's, then Bostonians would be driving about 9 percent more, kicking up a lot more carbon into the air. If Boston had Atlanta's inferior rail system, driving would increase another 5 percent. In fact, if you could somehow wave a magic wand and move the entire population of Boston to a city with all of Atlanta's sprawl-like characteristics, total driving would increase 25 percent.
Wow. (via Matt)
I'm finding that being an ex-Red Line regular living in Medford, I really detest driving around here. But at least I'm not stuck in Atlanta or DC traffic. BTW, a side effect of improved public transport is that driving sucks less, since there are fewer people on the road.
Anyway, for a place that's so old, it looks like we're the future.