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Traffic is Not a Problem

Cities that are obsessed with the movement of cars and spend a lot of time and

money trying to avoid or solve traffic problems are invariably less livable than

cities that don’t.

The traffic in Rome is really screwed up and it doesn’t seem that the

Romans spend a lot of time trying to solve the problems. Certainly they don’t

widen streets or build new bridges or freeways or anything like that. It’s a terrific

city. In an hour a stranger knows that he’s perfectly safe on the streets. You just

walk wherever you want to walk, purposefully, directly, being careful not to pay

attention to the cars, and you know you’ll be perfectly safe. They’ll miss you. But

don’t confuse them by trying to guess what they’re going to do because they

don’t know what you might do and you could be hit.