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Tuesday, August 24, 2021

It seems that China has trumped America when it comes to car culture — at least its non-ambulatory aspects, as demonstrated by the epic 9-day/62-mile traffic jam stretching from Inner Mongolia to Beijing:

Fender-benders and broken-down vehicles are adding to the chaos, state media reported. Some drivers played cards to pass the time, while others fumed about nearby vendors taking advantage of their predicament by gouging food prices.

I recall a farcical science fiction short story I read not long ago, which I can’t locate at the moment; it contained a premise very similar to this. Basically, the social underclass in this story literally lived in their vehicles, which were stuck on hopelessly-gridlocked highways, which roads themselves basically extended to all corners of the land (New York City had sprawled out to encompass “One-Thousand One-Hundred Thirty-Seventh Street”, or somesuch). It sounds like Sino-infrastructure is well on its way to making this fiction into some measure of reality.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/24/2010 11:12pm
Category: Society
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