Much easier here, obviously, than in Little Rock. Faithful readers may recall that we lived quite successfully in LR without a car, among another items, which was quite a surprise given how car-intensive the city is. It helped that we lived in an apartment within walking distance of a grocery store and post office, and on a major bus line.
So not only does DC have an extensive public transport system, there's also Zipcar and Flexcar. I've convinced M to wait six months or so before deciding to buy a car since we have so many more options here.
Only problem is the grocery store. There's Murry's only a couple of blocks away, and I would go there to support a local business, except that there's such a limited selection and poor quality of goods. We end up slogging our way via Metro and bus to Safeway. If there was a direct bus it'd be a lot easier, but there isn't, alas. Alternatively I ordered from safeway.com and the goodies are to arrive this evening. Free delivery on the first order! The normal delivery charge is about $10, which is about the same as for MB and I to go to and from the grocery store on public transport. Hopefully the grapes on sale won't be crushed.
Hey, you're in Washington DC now, right? Adam's headed there and looking for tourist advice:
On May 17th, 2007 06:35 pm (UTC), (Anonymous) commented:
Consider what you're missing in not owning a car: insurance payments (and in DC, they can't be cheap), $4.00/gallon gas, bi-annual vehicle maintenance, monthly trips to the car wash (weekly during the winter), and time wasted trolling for a parking space. Flexible mobility is nice, but so is sanity. That's why I'm looking forward to moving to an urban area where I can give up my two-car/household life.