I’ve been doing a lot of thinking lately about the impact of vehicles on livable “place”. I’m pretty sure that vehicles are profoundly disruptive to enjoyable, compact towns and villages if their circulation is not well managed. Vehicles bring with them a set of priorities that are not intrinsically good for dense population centers, the Vermont town where I live included. Going through historic reference material I was struck out how, as the car became a dominant feature of American life, towns themselves came to reflect those changing priorities. I put together this “stereoscopic view” of my town’s Main Street, the images taken approximately sixty years apart.