Part Three of The Current
Saving our cities from cars - Taras Grescoe
A drive down even one the widest avenues in Beijing is no one's idea of a carefree spin. There are still plenty of bikes and motorcycles to dodge. The dirty air grows even heavier with automobile emissions.
And there are so many cars. In 2010, a traffic jam outside Beijing stretched 100 kilometres and lasted 10 days. Still, cars scream out of Chinese showrooms like nowhere else on earth. Fourteen million automobiles were sold in China last year. Despite signs of growing road rage, China loves its cars. We heard from Cui Peng, a car dealer in Beijing, and a motorist named Fang Fang.
Taras Grescoe may feel a little road rage just listening to their stories. He's a Montreal author who has visited more than a dozen cities around the world to see how they move their citizens around. His new book is called Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile. Taras Grescoe joined us from our Toronto studio.
This segment was produced by The Current's Chris Wodskou.
Last Word - Seal Dinner
We've been talking this morning about the seal hunt. Later this week, diners in Quidi Vidi, near St. John's, will pay $250 a plate for a meal that features seal in all 5 courses. Two of the province's top chefs, Jeremy Charles and Todd Perrin are preparing the feast. On today's Last Word, we heard from Chef Perrin describing his recipes and their challenges.
Other segments from today's show: