We’re seniors having a millennial moment. For the next 90 days, we’re going car-free.
My name is Paul. This is my idea, so I’ll go first. Stephanie will also contribute posts, assuming she doesn’t regain her sanity.
Yesterday we drove our 2014 VW Passat TDI to a Volkswagen dealer. Yes, that VW, the clean diesel machine with exploding Takata air bags.
In return for handing over the keys, we’re getting a big fat deposit in our bank account. We could have driven home in a new, gas-powered VW. Instead, we boarded a METRO bus. And when we got home, we found for the first time in our adult lives (drumroll) … an empty garage.
“Houston is the most auto-dependent city in America, one of the most spread out, least dense cities in the country. It’s a city totally built on the basis of the automobile.” — Rice University sociologist Stephen Klineberg
We do not own a car. We live in Houston.
Among Houston households, only about 10 percent don’t have a car. And that percentage is way lower in the suburbs.
For at least the next 90 days, we’re going to be a zero-car family. We’re going to take the bus, walk, ride bikes, use Uber and Zipcar and, undoubtedly, bum a few rides from our extremely generous car-owning friends.
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