With surpassing brilliance Jane Jacobs advocated ‘the attrition of automobiles‘ in cities. She wrote that ‘Attrition of automobiles operates by making conditions less convenient for cars. Attrition as a steady, gradual process (something that does not now exist) would steadily decrease the numbers of persons using private automobiles in a city’.
Jacobs was the most influential writer on urban design in the second half of the twentieth century. A fierce critic of modernism as practised by highway engineers and architects, she launched the approach that is now described as postmodern. Jacobs was also a keen cyclist, see video.