The Car

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My coworkers and I discuss the topic of parking a lot.  We work for a local municipality and it’s a hot topic for every department.  What’s all the comotion about?  Well, is there enough parking? Well why does my neighbour get to park 4 cars on the street while I have to pay taxes for the road maintenence, it’s not fair it’s not fair it’s not fair and the list goes on and on and on…

Why do we need to add density to my neighbourhood?  Why can’t the developer put in more underground parking?  Why are apartments so expensive?  Why WHy WHY WHY WHY???

I’m sick and tired of these questions and I’m tired of people being so shelfish and I’m tired of people who don’t care about others, or put themselves in others people shoes. And i’m tired of them saying, well why don’t you put yourself in my shoe?!? I don’t want my neighbours to park in front of my house!  Do you know how awful their cars look parked on the street?  My goodness world! Do you not have anything better do to than to stare out your front window at your neighbours cars?!?  I wish I had better time management like you so I can just sit and stare and be a NIMBY myself!  For those of you who don’t know what NIMBY means= “not in my backyard”. 

Why are cars so important to everyones daily life in North America?  Well it’s apart of the ‘american dream’ isn’t it?  Own a house, own a car, have 2.5 children surrounded by green lawn and a white picket fence.  Don’t get me wrong, I have that dream too.  But is it feasible anymore?  Can mother nature and earth handle everyone’s dream?  Can everyone afford to have this dream at the expense of shortening earths’s life?

We’re all very selfish people.  I know I’m a super selfish person, because if you don’t take care of number one, who will right? 

Our country, our province, our communities have built our landscape to depend on the car.  We build strip malls in the middle of no where so we can get into our cars and drive there.  These strip malls are so big that no one wants to walk from one end of the mall to the other so we get into the car and drive there!  We’ve created a lazy, car dependent society.  So how many people are planning to do something about it?  How many people are willing to change?

I drive everyday to work. I have to because I in a different municipality from where I work.  However, I do carpool and there are many benefits to carpooling. I get to save on gas money, milage and there’s someone in the car with you chat or rant or road rage with.  We also get a reserved parking space in the building because we carpool. See lots of benefits right?

Or, I could double my time and take public transit to work.  But why would I want to double my travel time?  Time is money…literally.  See, I’m selfish just like everyone else.  We only want to change if it’s convienent for us to change.

I’m sure I’m not making any sense.  I just needed to ramble today.  I do have a question for everyone though, do you drive? Carpool? Take transit?  

Thanks for reading.

– Mrs. A’s

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2 thoughts on “The Car

  1. I drive! Only because there is one bus an hour from my small town (large village really) to the big town I work in 15 miles away. It does bring guilt – I’m a public sector town planner and one specialising in environmental issues so it feels like I should use public transport. But then my husband works in the same town, so we share the car, and we have to get to nursery to pick up our child by a certain time which public transport can’t guarantee.

    Parking? I could ramble all day about design of parking and housing layouts and NIMBYs and NOTEs (Not Over There Either) and BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anybody)!

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    • I get it. It’s not always feasible to take transit. I just wished that communities and public transportation would consider other modes of transportation. I’m glad you carpool with your husband though๐Ÿ‘

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