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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 09/23/2010

Car-free for over 10 years

By Dan Malouff

Yesterday was Car-Free Day. For me, so was the day before and the day before that. I have now been car-free for more than 10 years, ever since January 2000.

It all started when I went to college. I had a car in high school, a beat-up Civic, but didn’t take it with me to school in Colorado (go Buffs!). I spent most of my four years in Boulder living in the University Hill neighborhood, a student ghetto that is one of the most functionally urban places in the Mountain Time Zone. I walked to most destinations, and rode Boulder’s fabulous bus system to the rest. I didn’t bike much, but a lot of other people did.

When I returned east during breaks, I couldn’t help but notice how much better Washington’s urbanity was than that of Boulder or Denver. I knew that what I was doing in Boulder could be done here even more easily. I graduated, found a job in Fairfax, and moved to Ballston -- the closest suitably urban place to my job. Later I moved to a new work place in Arlington and a new home in Northwest D.C., making the car-free life even easier.

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Dan Malouff is an Arlington County transportation planner who blogs independently at The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By Dan Malouff  | September 23, 2010; 12:40 PM ET
Categories:  Arlington, D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, transportation  
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