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Re: Permanency of VDB (test)
I doubt that is propaganda. I read a very interesting article a few
years back (wish I had saved it) that made a very good case against
General Motors. It sems that the author had evidence that they went
all over the country buying up the traction (street car companies)
and closing them down. It is true that at one time you could ride
from New York to Chicago on steet cars and interurban lines.
I do know what happened to our railroads.
I do know that we are very self-centered people. Around here I see a
lot of single persons driving around in very large SUVs that take
up three times the space of my car and use four times as much gas
to go the same distance (and BTW produce four times the pollution).
I believe the SUVs are classified as trucks and not subject to the
same anti-pollution devices as passenger cars.
>From: Judy Seigel <email@example.com>
>Subject: Re: Permanency of VDB (test)
>Date: Sat, 22 Jul 2000 14:27:13 -0400 (EDT)
>On Sat, 22 Jul 2000, Robert W. Schramm wrote:
> > Also let me defend the europeans a little, Over there everyone does
> > not own a car (or two or three). One gets around on a very well
> > developed system of electric railways and msubways systems in the cities
> > (also electric). Yes, I know, producing the electricity creates
> > pollution, but on an per person basis it is much less polluting.
> > How I wish we had such a system in this country. When I think of
> > all the money I have spent on automobiles in my lifetime........ :-(
>In this, mea non culpa -- I don't even have a driver's license. We once
>did, BTW, have good mass transit, but goodyear and one of the big oil
>companies persuaded towns to tear up the interurban tracks in the 20s, so
>people would have to buy cars. That of course is commie propaganda, but
>sounds about right, n'est-ce pas? Certainly when I was a girl you could
>get anywhere by bus & train. My daughter recently went to NorthHampton for
>a project, no way in the world to get there but car.
>I'd say come live in NYC, BTW, where the tap water is EXCELLENT for all
>alt processes & you don't need a car, but unless you're prepared to live
>on a subway grating... well rents are terrible. But there's still the near
>periphery served by the subways... I got almost to Larry Gottheim's house
>in Yonkers on the #1 train. And all have the same excellent-for-cyano
>water. (Larry has AMAZING cyanotypes, which I'm trying to do justice to in
>words & b&w, not easy.)
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