Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Dueling ads on the college campus: cars vs. bikes

General Motors produced an advertisement not unlike an ad from many years ago (below) promoting cars at the expense of transit. Giant Bicycles (granted, a massive Chinese firm) produced an ad in response.

Ad produced by local GM dealers to promote car sales in the Vancouver, BC metropolitan area.
Creeps & weirdos GM ad against transit

It reminds me of a Dial soap commercial I saw decades ago, it was very good. A woman was on the bus, people were crushed together, stinky and sweaty, and then an unpalatable suitor asked her out. She lamented "I wish I had a car." Then the Dial tagline was spoken: "Aren't you glad you use Dial... don't you wish everybody did?"

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