Independence Day

January 06 2007 – 11:32am

Friends of David Kadavy, rejoice! Given my current living situation, I was finally able to accomplish one of my life’s dreams. It’s been a long and hard road, but I made it! I am finally free…

…I sold my car. What’s that you ask? Am I buying a new one? Not anytime soon! In keeping with some of my philosophies on life, I will be walking, riding a bike and using car sharing programs for those rare instances when I simply need a vehicle.

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Living in San Francisco makes this transition particularly easy, but it didn’t have to be this way. Cars simply aren’t necessary to the level that they have been forced upon us by the auto industry, and that has caused our cities to be planned in a way that makes not owning a car nearly impossible in many of our cities. Some facts about cars besides the obvious (source: Natural Capitalism):

Some of you may be wondering about the car sharing programs. Here is essentially how they work:

When you include car payment, interest, parking, parking tickets, insurance, gas, smashed windows, oil changes, and depreciation, it costs at least $500 a month to have a car in San Francisco. You can get lots of ZipCar trips (or indulgent cab rides) for that, and one less thing to worry about.

Today is a happy day.

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