Re: Re: The exurbs - and "burb cowards"
- When I lived in Portland, where car-free living is easy, I was out and
around at all hours, while more timid types cowered in their homes.
I can honestly say that I was never afraid, especially not after I
began volunteering in a program for homeless teens and realized that
the "scary" pierced and tattooed youth were much more sinned against
At the moment, I'm forced to drive here in Minneapolis, and I hate the
expense and the general hassle. However, my mother and stepfather are
about to move to a place that is accessible by bus, and car-sharing is
spreading rapidly, so maybe my tribulations--including a severe cash
hemorrhage for fuel, maintenance, repairs, and insurance-- will be over
On Aug 16, 2005, at 11:51 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
> This is a wonderful summation of how I feel. I often wondered if I
> was stupid because I went out by myself at night and never really felt
> afraid, just careful. I also worry about my kids, and now my first
> grandkid, but I'm in my late 50s and female and have never had a
> problem through years of living without a car, taking the bus, riding
> my bike and coming home by myself late at night. I tell this to
> people and they don't even seem to hear me but go off on something
> that happened to someone they know, or to someone that someone they
> know knows. I ask if they have ever been threatened and very, very
> rarely get a yes but they still feel endangered.
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