I did enjoy reading your post, however, I guess my own preference is to take
a more idealistic/positive position about carfree living.
Sure, all of those hazards and problems are out there, but I don't really
want to dwell on them all that much when I can dwell on other things more
interesting at least to me.
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Sent: Sunday, January 26, 2003 4:50 PM
Subject: [carfree_cities] Re: Eleven Consequences You May Face If You Give
Up Your Car
> Regarding the life may slow [way] down point, number 11, at first I
> was taking exception to the assertion, but being mostly carless, my
> wife having and almost exclusively using the sole family car for the
> last two months, I must admit less checked off events occur. More
> spontanious events do occur however. I have more eye contact with
> people, although much of it is for survival; I try to see that people
> see me as they are about to take a right turn as I am going to cross
> in front of them in the pedestrian crossing. Mostly a lot more
> opportuniies to tell someone they need to not park on the sidewalk
> next time or opportunities to exersise maturity and not key there car.
> Hell, an ambulence was chocked in place over a sidewalk at a hospital
> for no good reason. It was in in a oncall mode as were three others
> not forcing me onto the street or into an emergency motor entrance.
> Not to go over a lot of bicycle experiences, but my changing my
> transportation mode alone is not enough for me. Not by a long shot.
> I keep on mourning for time away from Venice, a town I just learned
> that Robert Moses ironically had supreme fondness for in his
> collegiate days. Tain't enough folks, and it tain't enough for my son
> either, and it isn't good enough for anyones' kids, if they aren't
> living on a farm. It ain't good enough for anyone when considering
> the potential for observing mother nature's splendure as afforded by
> the greater natural space made available by tighter city density.
> Changing my and your transportation modes may be a large step
> personally to us, it was for me, but its a far cry from from where a
> large proportion of us could be.
> sorry for the two messages in one day; I had addressed this to John
> only but changed my mind, obviously.
> Paul Parma
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