2.6 Make better use and share what already exists instead of always buying more
Knowing our territories’ resources and flows
The problem at handIs having a car a necessity when it is used only 2 to 5% of the time? Should we not rather rent a car when and where we need one? Is travelling alone really judicious when car-pooling is possible? Do we really have to buy a bike when bike rental services are available in our city? Is building new public buildings and facilities really necessary when existing ones are underused?
Here is the paradox. We have needs in terms of mobility and space that we satisfy by buying cars and building new public facilities. The advantages are well known: we have guaranteed availability of the goods we own. But the drawbacks are beginning to outweigh the advantages in a number of areas, both for individuals and the community: in cities, owning a car has become a source of annoyance and involves a significant outlay both for its acquisition and maintenance, whilst the energy and raw material used are disproportionate to the services provided.
ProposalDoing more with what we already have means giving use the priority over ownership.
The so-called functional service economy consists of replacing consumption of commodities (such as energy) by their intelligent use, that is, optimising the use of the building stock rather than building new facilities, anticipating and facilitating emerging changes in citizens’ lifestyles through car-pooling, car and bike-sharing and community gardens, and encouraging the pooling and exchange of goods and services between citizens.
Conditions for success
Cities and towns that show the way
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