Photo Challenge: Unusual. We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Car.

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Houston, TX, Copyright, SCH, July, 2017

Getting around in the fourth largest city in the United States can be a “challenge.” Oil reigns supreme, so true mass transit really does not exist. Sometimes, you have to make due with what you’ve got. Apparently, this person, who does not appear ambulatory, and may not have had immediate access to a vehicle, did the only thing she could do at the time: get out on San Felipe Street–a major thoroughfare–and drive her motorized wheelchair to–well, wherever. In truth, drivers were conciliatory to her plight as traffic slowed to a crawl while she puttered down the street. The driver of this Suburban even put on his hazard lights and drove extremely slowly, appearing to protect her. As I pulled up, the local River Oaks patrol pulled up behind her to offer additional protection. The destination was unknown, but the Target was less than a quarter of a mile away.

Unusual

5 thoughts on “Photo Challenge: Unusual. We Don’t Need No Stinkin’ Car.”

  1. I used extensively the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) system and connected Ft. Worth key destinations for over 2-years, and found it all to be exceptionally well-designed both mechanically/electronically as well as logistically and quite suitable for a normal work-day/week-day window of 4am thru 11pm. However, this is for a 5.2-million metropolitan population, so mass transit would vary (slightly?) across the state and nation.

    Bottom-line? We absolutely DO NOT NEED individual fossil-fuel ravishing vehicles to survive. Period.

    Great post SCH.

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    1. Houston is not so lucky, nor so well connected, Professor Taboo. Whenever I travel overseas, or to the Northeast, I make a point of using the subway systems, which are a joy. All I know in Texas is a car. It sucks and is so 20th century…

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      1. SCH, you are so spot-on correct. I too have used the public transit in England, Holland, Germany, and Brasil (to name just four) and they are indeed a joy and so very eco-friendly in many ways! I’ve also used BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) in San Francisco — one of my ALL-TIME favorite cities! 😀 — and it too was very suitable for getting around the entire area.

        It has been my impression and experience that the major cities around the world that I’ve lived and toured, that have mass-transit available on quality levels like we’ve mentioned, seem to me to be also very “progressive” cities/nations in other additional areas of public services and government too. Is that just me, my impression? 😉

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      2. Equally the same for me! We here in the “South” are more likely to see someone driving their wheelchair or lawn mower on the street than observing a crowd walking to the subway station.

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      3. Agreed. There’s only 2 other countries I’ve lived/visited that had obvious inequality chasms WORSE than the U.S. — Sierra Leone and Liberia. I know there are others, however, I’ve lived/toured in many 1st- and 2nd-world nations too and several/many of them are FAR BETTER OFF in public services than the U.S. … one of the wealthiest nations in the world. Riddle me that? 😳

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