University of Iowa College of Law Associate Professor Gregory H. Shill wrote an interesting piece for The Atlantic that looks at how lawmakers essentially made America car-dependant by law. Here’s a short excerpt from his piece, which is based on a forthcoming piece he’ll be publishing in a professional journal: “Over the course of several generations lawmakers rewrote the rules of American life to conform to the interests of Big Oil, the auto barons, and the car-loving 1 percenters of the Roaring Twenties. They gave legal force to a mind-set — let’s call it automobile supremacy — that kills 40,000 Americans a year and seriously injures more than 4 million more. Include all those harmed by emissions and climate change, and the damage is even greater.” The article initially points at zoning decisions at the local level  specifically parking  as a key reason for automobile supremacy. It goes on to describe how the automobile took over because the legal system helped squeeze out alternatives. Here’s the full piece: Read more