Buried nine feet deep in horse manure

The sky appears to have been falling since Julius Caesar ruled Rome.

From Horse Power to Horsepower (PDF 799 kB), by Eric Morris

“The situation seemed dire. In 1894, the Times of London estimated that by 1950 every street in the city would be buried nine feet deep in horse manure. One New York prognosticator of the 1890s concluded that by 1930 the horse droppings would rise to Manhattan’s third-story windows. A public health and sanitation crisis of almost unimaginable dimensions loomed.”

“…The horse pollution problem was not a new one. Julius Caesar banned horse-drawn carts from ancient Rome between dawn and dusk in an effort to curb gridlock, noise, accidents, and other unpleasant byproducts of the urban equine.”

Published twice yearly, ACCESS is the official magazine of the University of California Transportation Center. That article is from 2007, but history doesn’t change. Much.

Issue 30 also has a good article about how much traffic is actually made up of cars looking for parking – in Sydney around 30%, average time spent looking 8 minutes.


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