In February 2012 Mark Gorton was invited by ITDP (The Institute for Development and Transportation Policy) to give a series of lectures on transportation policy in India. Mark spoke to audiences in Delihi, Chennai, and Ahmedabad, as well as meeting with government officials, journalists, and civic leaders.
Having studied how autocentric planning has affected cities in the United States, Mark thinks it is critical to warn rapidly motorizing societies like India of the potential negative impacts of the automobile. “There is a tendency to associate the automobile with prosperity and to underplay how expensive, inefficient, and destructive it is” says Gorton. “My goal in these presentations is to present a fuller vision of what it means for a society to embrace the automobile, and to point out how much is sacrificed by doing so.”