O xford, England, today is choked by car traffic. On any given day, after the locals begin to stir, it soon becomes an agony to drive to the city center and near to impossible to get into a car park. Oxford is but 59 miles close by London, which makes it an appealing place to live. is once countried town is now crowded to the hilt. Residents vie with tourists for its amenities. e city center is mostly taken over by a crowded out-of-doors shopping strip. Shoppers jam the mallish space nding countless indistinguishable variations on commercial and food stu available everywhere in the world. Kids, pierced and tattooed, fade into the ubiquity of the universal place.