The Right to the City vs. The Might of the Car - TransitCenter

The Right to the City vs. The Might of the Car

Link to archived livestream of the event.

How does the might of the car impinge on one’s right to the city? Join TransitCenter for a conversation with professors Kafui Attoh and Greg Shill about the political and legal barriers to freely navigating our cities without a car.

In his book Rights in Transit, Attoh draws from struggles over bus service cuts in Oakland to illustrate how the absence of a “right in transit” violates the democratic promise of access to civic life. In a complementary vein, Shill’s work explores how the American legal system privileges driving implicitly and explicitly across nearly every facet of law, with serious consequences for society and the environment.

Expect a lively discussion about the obstacles to car-free transportation and how to better assert the right to freedom of movement in cities.


Kafui Attoh, Assistant Professor of Urban Studies, CUNY School of Labor and Urban Studies

Gregory Shill, Associate Professor of Law, University of Iowa College of Law


Hayley Richardson, Senior Communications Associate, TransitCenter

Must RSVP to attend.

Light refreshments to be served.

Event is free and open to the public. An RSVP does not guarantee a seat.

We kindly request that you arrive no earlier than 6pm.