John From Cincinnati

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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?


4 thoughts on “John From Cincinnati

    Peter Smith said:
    July 6, 2009 at 10:19 am

    not having to own a car is huge.

    noktulo said:
    July 6, 2009 at 12:43 pm

    Not having to own a car is one of the main reasons I’m moving from Cincinnati to New York in the fall.

    Quimbob said:
    July 6, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    I don’t have a car and I have no intention of leaving. If you want to leave – leave, but don’t use that as a reason. It’s dishonest.

    Travis said:
    July 20, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Quim — It’s possible to get around without a car in some parts of Cincinnati. But it’s certainly not as easy as getting around car-free in cities with extensive mass transit networks. Some people make the decision that they want to be able to get around for daily tasks, go to school or work, and go out for entertainment without owning a car, and they want to live in a city that makes it as easy as possible to do so. If other cities do a better job than Cincinnati, we lose out.

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