Elephant in the Bedroom : Automobile Dependence & Denial :
Impacts on the Economy and Environment
by Stanley I. Hart, Alvin L. Spivak
The Elephant in the Bedroom is a concise
analysis of the automobile as a sugarcoated transportation
system that has been sold to our country without any justice
given to other transportation systems. One of the key questions
brought up by the authors is "How much does the use of the
automobile as the primary transportation system actually
cost?" The authors bring up the seldom-discussed issue of
"Who actually pays for the 'free parking' offered by
commercial stores and restaurants?" Other issues discussed
include gasoline taxation, political land use, automobile-driven
economics, and various inefficiencies related to the current
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