Running On Empty - L.A. Without Cars

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20 Responses to “Running On Empty - L.A. Without Cars”

  1. triscuit says:

    Huh- vehicles aren’t the only thing missing. Perhaps the zombie apocalypse took out every last vertebrate organism.

  2. Treespeed says:

    While this is an interesting thought experiment it appears that Ching buys into the fallacy of natural equals devoid of humans. Where are all the people walking, or cycling on all of that roadway? Devoid of cars great, devoid of any life a bit creepy and unrealistic.

  3. igpajo says:

    In your vision of the vegetation taking over the highways, the soundtrack would of course have to be Talking Heads “(Nothing But) Flowers.”

  4. neward says:

    Visiting ancient ruined cities, such as Pompeii and Petra, I sort of get this feeling. You see the empty buildings and the streets just filled with tourists and people selling souvenirs to them. You miss the vibrancy that these cities once were, the people, the non-stone buildings, the vendors. There should be a “colonial Williamsburg/Old Sterbridge Village” for ancient Roman cities. Maybe in a few hundred years there will be a “colonial Williamsburg” for millenial L.A.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Makes me want to go cycling all the way through L.A.

  6. Etcetrala says:

    Wow. How great would it be to go rollerskating there?

  7. Anonymous says:

    what a great video. but hey: “look mommy, there’s an airplane up in the sky!”

    .~.

  8. Beanolini says:

    I was in London on the 21 July 2005, walking to Kings Cross, along with hundreds of commuters. The North Circular was closed to traffic, and people were wandering over all six lanes- it was like something out of J. G. Ballard.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Looks like a Second Life reproduction of LA.

  10. Rezmason says:

    I don’t think all that “hardscaping” would be useless in this scenario, Chris. The roadway would still be an infrastructure that’d connect almost every building to every other building. We could lay down humongous cables over it that’d be some future iteration of the Internet.

  11. Pipenta says:

    I still see lawns in this future scenario presentation. You don’t get much more useless than that kind of ornamental landscaping.

  12. Anonymous says:

    Voice over: “Where is everyone?”
    “Is it the end of the world?”
    “No!”
    “They’re at Chile’s all you can eat Rib Fest!”
    “So come on down to Chile’s.”
    “Don’t be left alone.”

  13. freetard says:

    I found it amusing (and ironic, even) that in the very last shot, you can see the oil wells in the background, merrily pumping away in timelapse high-speed, as if in the hope that someday, someone will once again find a use for the internal combustion engine.

  14. Anonymous says:

    But where are the people and animals?
    This isn’t a automobile-free future, this is a wasteland.

  15. Anonymous says:

    While this is an interesting thought experiment it appears that Ching buys into the fallacy of natural equals devoid of humans. Where are all the people walking, or cycling on all of that roadway? Devoid of cars great, devoid of any life a bit creepy and unrealistic.

  16. PhiCancri says:

    Walkin’ in L.A.? Only a nobody walks in L.A.

  17. Anonymous says:

    Neat! I thought this was a repost of this, but it turns out it’s an unrelated project illustrating the same concept.

    Can guest editors include a “Previously” section?

  18. Anonymous says:

    I was a little let down to not hear Jackson Browne on this but I guess its no surprise.

  19. BookGuy says:

    If I caught a glimpse of a future car-less world but one in which Sex and the City movies are still being churned out, than I would conclude that our civilization clearly failed for reasons different than what we expected.

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