chapter  6
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Planning, Household Travel, and Household Lifestyles

Concerns about urban sprawl, growth, and traffic are now among the most important issues facing the United States, edging out more traditional matters, such as crime and education. According to a series of new polls commissioned by the Pew Center for Civic Journalism (2000), respondents claim that spending “too much time in their car” was one of the main drawbacks to their quality of life. Embedded within concerns about “spending too much time in their car” lies at least three fundamental issues — automobile dependence, traffic congestion, and greenhouse gas emissions — each of which has risen to the point of needing urgent attention.