Guest Commentary from John B. a Cincinnatian currently living in the Netherlands:
The reason I didn’t stay in Cincinnati after graduation was simple: I didn’t want to own a car.
I currently have no car. Which means: no car payment, no car insurance, no car maintenance, and no gas to buy. It’s perfect. I bike to work. And if it’s raining – it take the tram. Or streetcar, as Cincinnati calls it.
It is a convenience. And there is no doubt that businesses flourish among the 16 or so various tram lines that snake through Amsterdam.
It’s perfect, and leaves everyone’s options open.
And – shockingly – everyone avoids hitting each other. bikes, trams, cars and pedestrians. Who would have thought it possible?