Could you do this here in Houston?

I saw an interesting post by fellow Metblogger Julian Chadwick of Portland Metblog. In this post he goes into detail about how he has abandoned the idea of having a car (albeit temporarily) and will be documenting this car-less lifestyle. He makes the point that certain cities are more conducive to getting around by bike or mass transit. I tried thinking if I could get away with something like that and it seems difficult to even think about. Houston is just….so….freaking……HUGE!!!

At the same time, however, there are likely people in this wonderful city that simply don’t own automobiles for whatever reason. Are you one of those people? Are you trying to become one? I’m interested in hearing about whether this could be done here in Houston so feel free to leave your opinions in the comment section.

**Photo courtesy of San Diego Backroads Planet

5 Comments so far

  1. Derek Shumate (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 9:03 am

    This would be a wonderful lifestyle but unfortunately here in Houston it would mean a drop in your life expectancy. Less worse but still crappy would be the constant chore of fixing flats and changing sweaty clothes.

  2. shawn (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 9:12 am

    yeah, that’s true. it would be nice to see more companies encourage this by offering showers, flexible schedules, etc.

  3. KINO (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 10:34 am

    I think it is very possible, but depending on the neighborhood in Houston you choose to live in. If its within city limits and closer to downtown, then yes you can go without a car. When I was in college and living in Sharpstown I spent almost a year without a car. I walked to school and work every day (luckily both were close to me) and if I needed to go somewhere else I just hopped on a bus. Several bus lines ran right in front of my apartment (82,24,163) and a transit center was about 6 blocks away. Now though I live just out of city limits on the Northwest side of town, where no buses run, so this neighborhood is not so friendly to people without cars. But my younger sister is in college now and doesn’t have a car. She lives near the Galleria and takes the bus wherever she needs to go. I guess this is doable if the buses run in your neighborhood!

  4. Bill Shirley (unregistered) on August 23rd, 2007 @ 11:45 am

    I know several people who easily live without use of a car. Houston’s bigness is only a hurtle if you have to visit all of it regularly. If you live reasonably close to your main places of interest, then walking, biking, bus-ing, and cab-ing is not an imposition.

    How much does car ownership cost?
    monthly payment + insurance + gas + maintenance?
    How many cab rides can you buy for that when the convenience of expeditiousness is wanted?

  5. Chuck (unregistered) on August 24th, 2007 @ 2:20 am

    I was without a car for the first six months or so I lived here. My opinion is…it’s doable, but it sucks. I live near downtown and work downtown which made it possible for me…but it severely limits your shopping and social prospects. Also, taking the bus to the airport was a chore and a half. I do admire people that manage to live without a car…we have one such individual at work…but it’s not a lifestyle I could embrace, long-term.

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