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Re: [carfree_cities] Standard of Living

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  • J.H. Crawford
    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
    Message 1 of 2 , Jun 13, 2002
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      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.

      >All,
      >
      >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
      >States?
      >Sincerely,
      >Jeff
      >
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