As we put the finishing touches on the upcoming issue of Spacing (which focuses on the role of the car in the city), we are discovering more and more articles documenting how our neighbours to the south are dealing with their looming financial downturn. Today, a CNN-Money article highlights a number of interesting trends from a recent national poll:
• Rising fuel prices have caused most Americans to cut back on their driving. Of the over 1,000 American adults surveyed in the poll conducted March 14-16, 64% said they have made some changes to their driving behavior as a result of higher gas prices, with 19% saying they have cut back on driving enough to have a major effect on their daily lives. And 5% say they have stopped driving altogether.
• If gasoline hits an average $4.50 a gallon Americans say they will reduce the miles they drive significantly enough to affect their daily lives.
• If gasoline hits an average of $8 a gallon, Americans said they would quit driving altogether.
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