Many people recognize that the increasing number of automobiles is choking our cities--polluting our air, endangering our streets, and isolating us from our communities. This book shows how resurgent cities could make cars work again, and even solve problems ranging from oil wars to urban decay, rising seas to violent crime. Not just an analytic approach to economic and environmental urban concerns, The Car and the City is an offbeat journey through three great metropolises. Seattle, Portland, and Vancouver--by car, train, bicycle, and foot. It's a fascinating conversation with people who are quietly, but radically, rearranging the furniture of the modern city.