Re: [carfree_cities] Re: energy used in making of car
- View Source"T. J. Binkley" wrote:
> . . . Real cities offer several healthy, convenientHold it! Have we forgotten that cities predate refrigerators and
> alternatives to cars. Not so for "refrigerators, washing machines or
> personal computers".
About a century ago most people relied on corners stores to keep food
refrigerated until the day it was prepared. Corners stores could still
make a comeback.
As for washing machines, laundromats could be located within the corner
stores, so these machines, too, could be shared, reducing the
manufacturing costs-per-user. Apartment buildings and cohousing
projects also do this kind of sharing now.
The corner store, itself, is a casuality of the car society.
We at Vrtucar (Ottawa's carshaing company) are looking at putting
together a turn-key unit for existing corner stores: the owner would
replace his own car/van with a shared one from us (they need a vehicle
for the store, as so little is delivered today to such small outlets),
which could produce them revenue at other times when used by carsharers
living nearby. At the same time, their business would increase as those
who used the shared vehicle would see the real cost of every driving
trip, making the items bought with only a walk far cheaper.