Re: [carfree_cities] Standard of Living
- There's lots on this, but I don't have citations handy. A number
of folks routinely calculate this based on purchasing power or
some other measure. The data IS there, but I can't tell you
how to find it.
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>I've recently been considering the U.S. standard of living, and
>comparing it to similar costs of goods and services in other countries
>that I am personally familiar with, specifically France and England.
>My question to the group is this: Has anyone performed a comparison
>study on these costs with other first world nations?
>This is an important issue with me, because I've spent a good deal of
>time in France, and as a United States citizen, I've begun to feel
>like I pay too much for standard goods and services here. For example,
>I've noticed that:
>- cost of lodging is half price in parts of Europe.
>- cost of food is considerably less in France, with a much greater
>variety and degree of freshness.
>- cost of housing is considerably cheaper in France.
>- Trains, and public transportation (obviously) are cheaper.
>Now, if I'm not making an error in comparing these seperate economies
>(which I might be!), how much of these increased costs is attributable
>to the automobile? If the United States is the nation with the highest
>standard of living, why do I feel like I'm being cheated by my country
>whenever I walk into a French supermarket?
>To make these questions relevant to Carfree Cities, would such a city
>b able to economically improve our quality of life in the United
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