17 January 2016

So many cars - residents depend on wheels & internal combustion engines

Grand Rapids, Michigan on a Saturday after lunch mid-January this stream of north-bound cars on the Beltline ring road is steady and not unusual in volume. With a grid of roads well maintained, people who can drive enjoy a certain impression of freely moving from event to event, workplace, school or religious assembly. They can browse the things to buy from retailers and gather their choice of eatables to carry with ease in their motorized conveyance. Yet there are costs - money consumed in purchase and upkeep, and therefore money foregone from using in other ways. But there is also environmental impact (each gallon of fuel leaves behind 1 pound of carbon, 454 grams; or is it carbon dioxide?).

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