Wednesday 2 February 2005 1.48pm
And I'm a hypocrite. We have a car that gets used about once a month (not even for shopping. I think it's easier for me, and generally better all round, to get it delivered), and it just sits in its parking space for the rest of the time, looking old and tired.
The space comes with the flat, so I suppose that one way or another we're paying for it via rent, but that's no justification for taking up space that could be used for much more socially productive ends. I don't feel particularly comfortable about it, but that's the way it is and it doesn't change my views that people shouldn't feel that an entitlement to keep a car is akin to a basic human right.
IMO, we need a more creative solution, because more cars just isn't sustainable (in terms of space alone, not even thinking about the environmental effect). There are obviously people who really do need a car, and I'm not trying to say that there aren't. (Hopefully we will always have a government/local council that makes decent provision for disabled/necessary business parking. That's not what we're talking about in this case.) However, I believe that there are people who just keep a car either for reasons like they had one before moving here and would get next to nothing if they sold it (like us), or because it's “nice to have”. I think that it's these people (myself included) who shouldn't moan if there's no parking available for them in zone 1 in our capital city.
If we could dig up our parking space and plant veggies there, I'd give the car away and do it tomorrow (well, maybe I'd wait for the weekend). And if the ageing rustrider fails its MOT, I'll be looking to sublet a secure parking space.
...if you press it, they will come.