What if we never had the automobile?

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Registered: 02-15-2007
What if we never had the automobile?
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Sat, 04-23-2011 - 3:32pm

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Registered: 11-13-2009
Sun, 04-24-2011 - 11:48pm

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iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2011
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 8:17am
Visit any 3rd world nation and see what life is like without ubiquitous vehicle ownership. Cars enable freedom, and improve quality of life for the vast majority of people. Few consider dense urban dwelling an ideal or even a positive. I've lived in Manhattan, and lived in the suburbs, without a doubt quality of life in the suburbs is far superior.
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Registered: 02-15-2007
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 10:14am

iVillage Member
Registered: 02-05-2011
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 11:48am
Prior to the automobile, we had an economy and culture which was rural, agrarian, and very limited in opportunity for many. We had no infrastructure to facilitate the easy commerce we have today. I lived, and traveled, prior to the Eisenhower interstate highway system and recall how awful it was to go long distances.

Our lives are far superior now, compared to prior to the car, and far superior with the interstate highway system.

In many 3rd world countries, there is limited infrastructure, most can't afford a car, and have limited mobility. We outgrew that, and are better off for it.
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Registered: 02-15-2007
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 1:22pm

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Registered: 02-05-2011
Mon, 04-25-2011 - 2:40pm
The car has been integral to life in the U.S. since WW I. It has been increasingly integral over time. Without individual transportation for adults, life would be very unpleasant and we would have less freedom.
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Registered: 02-15-2007
Wed, 04-27-2011 - 7:55am