[Chat] It's worth a try

dawnacobb@mindspring.com dawnacobb at mindspring.com
Wed May 9 20:45:26 EDT 2007


Linda and Sharon:  There is an organization called One Less Car here in Maryland.  Check it out! www.onelesscar.org.  Dawna

-----Original Message-----
>From: Linda Forlifer <LEF at press.jhu.edu>
>Sent: May 9, 2007 2:47 PM
>To: Chat at charlesvillage.info
>Subject: Re: [Chat] It's worth a try
>
>Hi Sharon,
>
>I'm with you.  I got rid of my car about two years ago, and it's really
>worked out well.  I walk to work and shops, use the buses and taxis
>occasionally, and rent a car for a weekend about once a month (about $60
>for 3 weekend days) for some errands and visiting family.  I'm getting a
>lot more healthy exercise and saving tons of money, all while doing my
>part to slow global warming.
>
>Living where we do, we have the ability to function well without cars
>(depending on where people work).  The Charles, the Rotunda, St Paul St,
>Greenmount, Hampden are all within walking distance.  Buses are easy for
>going downtown or up to Belvedere Square.  An occasional taxi or rental
>is not too expensive when you don't have car maintenance, insurance,
>etc.
>
>And one of the best benefits is the lack of stress--so many fewer
>occasions of crazy drivers, not worrying about whether I'll get a
>parking ticket or where did I leave the car; so many more pleasant
>walks.
>
>The rise in gas prices will help America change its lifestyle; we must
>change for the sake of the environment and the generations to come.
>
>Linda
>
>>>> SLG2700 at cs.com 05/09/07 2:26 PM >>>
>Neighbors:
>
>The only thing that will work is for us to stop using our cars.  Switch
>to 
>public transportation.  If we had supported Jimmy Carter when he wanted
>to 
>improve nationwide mass transportation in the late '70's (one of the
>reasons Reagan 
>got elected with the help of the automobile and oil contributions) we
>would 
>not be in the predicament we are now.
>
>I have been using mass transportation and my feet since the first of
>the year 
>and it is perfectly doable.  If we all did that the powers that be
>would 
>notice and things would change.  But as long as Americans continue
>their obsession 
>with living in the suburbs and shopping at malls with franchises, we
>will 
>continue to be at the mercy of the oil, gas and automobile
>manufacturers.
>
>I am thinking of starting a group to promote leaving our cars behind
>with an 
>emphasis on pedestrian safety. Does anyone know of an effort that
>exists 
>already?
>
>Sharon L. Guida
>2746 Maryland Avenue
>Baltimore, MD 21218
>410-889-0436 (home)
>410-467-4409 (work)
>410-467-4410 (work fax)
>410-960-1139 (cell)
>SLG2700 at cs.com   
>
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