29 March 2005

Owning a car on every corner

Today's Washington Post had, on page one, an excellent article on the recent popularity of car-sharing in D.C. Car-sharing, one of those hip ideas stolen from the Left Coast, is a way to rent cars that have been left at strategic areas of the city for short increments of time. The two companies currently operating out of D.C. are Zipcar and Flexcar.

Personally, I don't know why people don't apply this concept to even more daily items. Do I really need to own a lawn-mower that I use 4 or 5 times a year? (I admit, I'm a bit on the lazy side, but still.) Or do I need a snow shovel that I use once a year? Couldn't my neighborhood install a nice little co-op garage for all of this stuff?

Of course, the right-wingers would get in a tizzy if they heard this--they're sure to start squealing that I'm trying to drag them down the road to socialism and wyfe-swapping. And we'd all hate to see the CEO of Walmart have to give up selling large plastic gizmos and actually go out and get a job. But still, in the privy of my house, far away from the watchful eyes of heimland security, I do enjoy my visions of a society that hoards a little less and shares a little more. I dream of the day that the public library lends virtually everything--not just books.

4 comments:

gaw3 said...

Car sharing is really awesome in Germany, and partially underwritten by Deutsche Bahn. You can pick up a car at any train station of about 40 cities.
DB also has bike sharing (following your idea) where you unlock the bike by cell phone SMS.

Snow shovels are not yet on the radar...

Karlo said...

German bike-sharing, French vacations . . . That's it. I'm joining the EU!

AF said...

I belong to CityCarShare in san francisco. I recommend it.

"Or do I need a snow shovel that I use once a year? Couldn't my neighborhood install a nice little co-op garage for all of this stuff?"

Ya know, with all of these clutter-busting shows on tv, I think you're onto something...the timing is ripe. Give it a shot! You may make a profit!!

Karlo said...

And drive the local Walmart out of business? How could I sleep at night????