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Jul. 9th, 2002 | 10:13 am

I keep forgetting my current list of the top 5 reasons why cars are not the best urban transportation system.</p>
  1. Cars are heavy polluters, causing global warming, lung cancer, asthma, heart attacks
  2. There are better things to do with oil than burn it; we're (probably) pretty close to having pumped half the oil we're ever going to get out of the ground, since petroleum is used as a feed-stock for fertilizer, plastics, lubricants, and many other useful things perhaps saving some for those other uses is a good idea.
  3. Cars are expensive, the average cost of a new car in California is $7500 for the first year of ownership.
  4. Cars imprison those too infirm, too young, or blind to drive making them dependent on others, transit based on walking and trains would allow those people to still participate in society.
  5. Cars weaken the social fabric of those who can drive, as car usage climbs they become increasingly unlikely to interact with others on the street. It also removes the street from being a useful public space for performers, cafes, and art.
</p>Now I just need to set up a web page documenting those claims.</p>

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wig

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from: wig
date: Jul. 9th, 2002 11:39 pm (UTC)
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I am going to add you to my friends list, I hope you don't mind.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 10th, 2002 12:39 am (UTC)
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I am going to add you to my friends list, I hope you don't mind.

Not at all

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wig

world domination

from: wig
date: Jul. 10th, 2002 12:46 am (UTC)
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NOW LET'S TAKE OVER THE WORLD AND RID IT OF THESE PESTILENT AUTOMOBILES!!! MUAHAHAHA!

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Diane Trout

Re: world domination

from: alienghic
date: Jul. 10th, 2002 01:02 am (UTC)
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Wow... today I was talking to some friends and one mentioned that she's trying to bike further and use her car less.

And now this message also supporting a car-free world.

This is nifty, I'm not the only one who thinks this way anymore.

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wig

Re: world domination

from: wig
date: Jul. 10th, 2002 02:35 pm (UTC)
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I think lots of people think this way, it just doesn't seem like it sometimes (especially if you live anywhere near Los Angeles) :)

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from: fromthemorning
date: Jul. 13th, 2002 09:28 am (UTC)
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I just want to thank you for being a positive voice for me. I never get on LJ anymore, but when I do, I see your entries about how cars dominate our lives and I just share that same mindset with you. I really don't like to bother with cars. I guess it bothers people that I don't drive still. People just do not know how to handle it. I wish I had friends like you in real life.

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Diane Trout

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from: alienghic
date: Jul. 20th, 2002 09:46 pm (UTC)
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I wish I had friends like you in real life</a>

Aww...

I too had trouble one of my closest friends is wedded to her car and we increasingly had personality conflicts as my resentment of any activity involving her required the use an automobile.

My solution mostly involved shifting the people I spent time with to those who I managed to convince that there are problems with cars. (Some of them have even made small steps toward a less car-dependent life.)

I also ended up happier not having to beat my head against a wall as stubborn as me nearly as much.

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her other side

documentation

from: saltbox
date: Jul. 20th, 2002 01:22 pm (UTC)
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Have you seen carfree.com or americawalks.org? Both have pretty good links/info. So glad to see other carfree'ers (who are queer, too!)

;)

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Diane Trout

Re: documentation

from: alienghic
date: Jul. 20th, 2002 10:41 pm (UTC)
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I knew about carfree.com, I even went ahead and bought the book, which I enjoyed. I think it's a pretty reasonable idea of what a car free city could reasonably look like.

I hadn't seen americawalks before, though... Are you familiar with "Divorce your car" or carbusters.org?

I actually looked at the list of people who were interested in car-free, and about half are queer.

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her other side

Re: documentation

from: saltbox
date: Jul. 21st, 2002 12:47 am (UTC)
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I haven't seen Divorce Your Car, but I have seen carbusters.org. (Even have one copy of the magazine, too, somewhere around the mess I call my apartment.) Americawalks ain't bad, if only because it links to a lot of local orgs.

As for queer car-freers, wow, I should definitely check out the list of car-free peeps, too.

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