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  •  Thanks for the visit back to San Francisco. (4+ / 0-)

    I lived there from 1985 to 1995 all without a car. I could not imagine owning a car in the city. It was all about walking and having a monthly Muni pass. I didn't own a car until I moved to New Mexico.

    When I lived in Cambridge before that, they would close off Memorial Drive along the Charles River on Sundays, and I would meet my friends and ride bikes (before my knees went) back and forth for miles. It was crowded with people walking, skating, jogging, skateboarding and biking.

    And I remember a few years earlier during the great blizzard of 1978, when all traffic except emergency vehicles were off the roads for about three or fours days. It was so quiet and clean. We walked, and folks skied and sledded. We got around.

    curious portal - to a world of paintings, lyric-poems, art writing, and graphic and web design

    by asterkitty on Tue May 10, 2011 at 08:34:25 PM PDT

    •  Hi asterkitty (3+ / 0-)

      nice to see you here. I think one of the more intangible benefits of biking and walking is that it helps to build community and friendship. Something about being able to see the sky up above that brings us closer together. Sounds like you were in SF during the Loma Prieta earthquake. As terrible as that was, I also felt like it got people closer together because we all had to slow down together. One of the great things about that time was that people rediscovered the ferry.

      •  I was in that earthquake alright. (0+ / 0-)

        I was way high up in an old building on the border of landfill. I blacked it out. That's the main reason I don't fly anymore. That kind of PTSD and turbulence don't mix. Even elevators are difficult.

        curious portal - to a world of paintings, lyric-poems, art writing, and graphic and web design

        by asterkitty on Wed May 11, 2011 at 02:42:23 PM PDT

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