Catherine Lutz

In the endless Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement debate, Seattle politics falls into two warring camps: carless car haters who won’t be inconvenienced by vehicular gridlock (e.g. Publicola, The Stranger, Cary Moon, and Mayor Mike McGinn); and those who admit to the necessary evil of occasional driving, and therefore advocate the costly deep-bore tunnel (e.g. the city council, Seattle Times, and Crosscut). Into this battle wade sisters Catherine Lutz and Anne Lutz Fernandez, who’ve written the provocatively titled Carjacked: The Culture of the Automobile & Its Effect on Our Lives (Palgrave Macmillan, $28). In addition to the usual damning ammunition in the car wars (pollution, obesity, global warming, 40,000 traffic deaths per year, oil prices, etc.), the authors recently penned an op-ed in The Huffington Post about auto dealers’ predatory car loans. Don’t be surprised if the mayor shows up to hear them speak. (Also: Elliott Bay, 5 p.m. Sat.) BRIAN MILLER

Fri., Aug. 6, 3 p.m.; Sat., Aug. 7, 5 p.m., 2010

 
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