- 28 Sep 2018 14:32
It depends very much on where you live. In South Africa, you need a car if you want to get most places. In southern California, you don't necessarily need a car, but it's a necessity of life to have one. Public transportation exists, but it can be pretty inconvenient and not very pleasant.
In big cities, you don't need a car. You can get by in New York City and Shanghai equally well without a car. Here in Shanghai, the vast majority of people walk, use the metro system, the buses, taxi services, and also bikes. You don't need a taxi service most of the time: it provides a quick convenience, but it obviously costs more than the other options. If you have a lot of goods and heavy objects, you can simply have it delivered. There are people and businesses with cars and trucks who provide such services. Also, owning a car is very expensive, so most people simply don't have one.
In big cities like that, it makes perfect sense for urban planners to encourage people to use public transportation, bicycles, and so on, and for less people to own cars. In other places the situation is different.
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