Good luck to you, Fiddler3!
I admire the carless!!! My grandfather never owned or wanted a car...he considered anything more than 10 miles from his home a foreign thing, and wanted nothing to do with it...they often walked to grocery stores several miles way, etc.
But...well today is today, not back then, and this is one of those things like in my "Trends" post...in which I truly believe most Americans would rather not mess with a car if they could do wihtout. They're dirty, wasteful, expensive, expensive insurance, the interstate are dangerous around here...
But the big thing that bugs me so much is that most of America is very car-dependent. Where we live right now...when we moved here 17 years ago, we could walk to two grocery stores, a K-mart, Radio Shack, Pet food supercenter, and various other little stores and shops. Now...all of those stores are GONE...moved out to the suburbs, where everybody has to drive to them...and what was put in their places are stores like Lowe's, which I like being close to, but how often do you carry your load of drywall home on your back with you???? And the other stores have been replaced with offices of various types...totally useless to us.
I tried riding my bike to work and had lots of scary close calls...no bike trails and I never could get to where I felt I could keep up with traffic withotu possibly getting my neck broken in the process...the day I quit was when some adult on the other side of the road was being packed into an ambulance one morning as I peddled in to work. No more!
If I take the bus...it digs into my time way too much...I can't lose more hours in my day than I've already lost to being at work.
I hear that in New York, most residents do not own cars...they have neighborhoods they can carry out most functions in...walking to everyplace...and they have adequate public transportation.
This is like the recycle bins of my other post...IF we could do it...I think most of us would love to. When it's made ridiculouosly difficult, as it is in most of America, or at least where I've seen, then people just can't do without the cars, and our government tells us we are addicted to oil....yeah, right.
Anyway...I'm so happy for those who CAN manage carless...and even envious!!!