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April 05, 2012


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You say owning a car is not a necessity, but, when talking about the average US Citizen, I disagree. The USA is set up with very limited Mass Transit, and very wide distances between grocery stores. Even in the suburbs, a grocery store can be 3 to 5 miles away. Without an automobile it is very difficult to attain food, or even find gainful employment is your chosen field of interest without an automobile. In other countries, countries with better transporation systems, an automobile is not needed as much, but here in America, I totally feel we are slaves to the highway.

Larry Felton Johnson

Hi, Jeff. It depends on how one defines necessity. In the 1930s very few objects were viewed as necessities. Shelter, cooking utensils, clothing, and a few basic appliances for cleaning and grooming covered most of the items.

While it would certainly be an inconvenience to be without a car in many areas of the U.S., there are enough choices that I can't view it as a necessity, starting with living within walking distance of one's workplace. While that would narrow both job choices and choice of neighborhood, by my definition it makes a car not a necessity, but a convenience.

As you know, I do have a car myself. Given where I live at the moment the convenience of having the car trumps the hassle of maintaining it.

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