No Accident: Urban Design and Motor Vehicle Violence

December 3, 2012   6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Urban Studies and Planning
City Design and Development
77 Massachusetts Avenue
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MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning

If you ever want to kill someone New York or just about any other American city, use a car as your weapon. As long as you are sober, licensed and do not flee the scene of the “accident,” it is virtually guaranteed that you will get away with murder. Around the world, 1.3 million people die in road traffic crashes and 20 to 50 million more are injured each year. It is a massive, global health crisis that, for the most part, we ignore. Streetsblog founder and MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning Visiting Scholar Aaron Naparstek discusses emerging new perspectives on motor vehicle violence and the critical role that urban planners and designers must play in stopping the carnage.