Everyone is entitled to an opinion, but there are a few hard facts that say otherwise: controlling traffic in Central Madrid is a very serious matter. Same as the collection of garbage or sewage, the dissolving of traffic is a necessity for a city that wants to function well.
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The aforementioned evaporation of traffic does not depend on the will of the municipal councilors, it is an obligatory measure that is put in place when there is no other choice. According to the anti-Madrid Central criterion it was a clearly anti-systemic measure and denial of freedom. The halt to traffic in Calle de Preciados occured because the street was unable to function due to the the clash of intense vehicle traffic with rising pedestrian traffic.
This was done after the traffic became a problem, out of sheer necessity and to avoid greater evils, in many streets and squares currently pedestrianized in Madrid Callao, Arenal, Carretas, Fuencarral, the list goes on. All of them have multiplied their commercial and urban value in general and are crowded with people around the clock.
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The next step is to restrict traffic in other areas of the city, such as done in the superblocks superilles of Barcelona. An urban toll Congestion Charge can also be established as was done in London. Compared to those restriction areas, Central Madrid is really quite modest.
Cities are hard nuts to crack, presenting many real and stubborn obstacles to the imagination and the will of their rulers. It arouses a revolt that can become fruitful.
An analysis of the idea of revolt could help us to discover ideas capable of restoring a relative meaning to existence, although a meaning that would always be in danger. Speaking at the close of the meaningless brutality of World War II, six years before he formulated his ideas on solidarity and what it really means to be a rebel , Camus considers the only act of courage and rebellion worth undertaking:.
Camus, absurdity, and revolt
In a world whose absurdity appears to be so impenetrable, we simply must reach a greater degree of understanding among men, a greater sincerity. We must achieve this or perish. To do so, certain conditions must be fulfilled: men must be frank falsehood confuses things , free communication is impossible with slaves.
Finally, they must feel a certain justice around them.
Absurdism - New World Encyclopedia
I have often wondered whether Camus had read W. All I have is a voice To undo the folded lie, The romantic lie in the brain Of the sensual man-in-the-street And the lie of Authority Whose buildings grope the sky: There is no such thing as the State And no one exists alone; Hunger allows no choice To the citizen or the police; We must love one another or die. Brain Pickings participates in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn commissions by linking to Amazon.