The News From Sprawl Is Not Good
Given the widespread public transit closings in the 48 hours before Hurricane Sandy, it could be argued that one advantage of a car-centric society is that cars enable quick evacuation (assuming that people aren't stuck in traffic).
On the other hand, New Yorkers are learning that their cars might be useless after a hurricane. Sandy damaged ports and oil refineries, thus keeping gasoline away from gas stations, thus causing a gasoline shortage. To make matters worse, many suburban gas stations are closed due to lack of power.
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