Being car free supports the local economy

carfree“According to AAA, Americans spend on average $8,485 each year on their cars. Seems like a lot of money, doesn’t it? And most of that money leaves your local economy. What if you were able to get rid of a car and spend-or invest-that money in your community? what if 12,000 people decided to make the same decision? That’s exactly what happened in Washington, D.C. From 2005 to 2009. The District’s population increased by 15,862 people while car registration went down by close to 15,000 vehicles. Living in a walkable city has value beyond personal convenience-it also allows more of your money to stay closer to home while reducing your carbon footprint. With better information, can we make our cities more intelligent? We can. What makes a city intelligent? You do. “

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