Life without a car: a trend?
October 4, 2005
(This letter was originally addressed to Sara Garton, who wrote about being carless in Aspen in the Oct. 2 edition of the Aspen Times Weekly.)Dear Editor:I always thought when I left Aspen in 1973, after seven years there, that I’d never find a place where life without a car would be possible. I lived there between 1966 and 1968, and did not have a car, walked everywhere. From 1969 to 1973 I was married, and my husband had a car and liked to drive around. I came back from 1977 to 1980, during which time I parked the car and seldom used it.The transportation system in Aspen was always helpful, plus the town seemed to be a mile square. As you say, walking was an adventure! Plus the dry air seemed to keep my car in great condition even when I wasn’t using it.Well, now I live in Florida, and last February I sold my car and bought a golf cart, which gets me around my neighborhood complex. When I really need to go somewhere, I just hire someone. It’s not that often.I haven’t missed my car one bit. So when I read your story, I thought, this could be a trend! Life without a car. What a relief!Angela Adduci BurtonLand O’Lakes, Fla.