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Subject:  Re: Are Americans saving too much for retirement Date:  2/20/2007  4:33 PM
Author:  Gingko100 Number:  2570 of 116398

Do you have any idea how BIG the United States is?
Oy. Living without a car is only possible for a few people here.
Not for the majority.

The answer - as with many things is - "it depends." I agree that majority in the US need a car. But I have known many, many people without cars.

When I lived in New York, most people I knew didn't own a car. It was actively a liability there. I now live in the SF Bay Area, and for my first year here didn't own a car. I know five people who have never owned a car here, and three more who don't own one now but may again. For them it's cheaper to do this. They rent from time to time. There's a retirement apartment up the street from me and most people there don't have cars.

In urban areas it's often possible to do without a car and not have much trouble at all.
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