The Rich and the Poor – and their Public Transportation – 2 June 10

New York
United States of America

So we are back in New York and yesterday Su asked us how it was in Texas. Of course she had also read the diary and asked if we had had any chance to do something at all if there was no way of public transportation. We told her that of course Lola went to the beach with us and whenever we needed it, we could ask her or Joanne to drive us but just the fact that there was no way of going out on our own, by foot or with public transport, was strange.

When I saw that there is no public transport, I was remembering my teenage time when I have been in villages in India in which there are no proper roads and consequently no cars or buses. People went by foot, by bicycle or on ox wagons. So I saw that in the developed America even in this century there is no public transport available and I had to think of the small villages in India where in the last century there was not public transport either. While many of those villages in India may still be like this, I know that there are also many that now have good access to buses and trains. So is it that people in the US have enough money to afford one car each whereas people in India depend on public transport as a cheap way of travelling?

I also said that I do not really like driving the car. So what would I do there, in a neighborhood like that if I was living on my own? I would not be able to go shopping without driving the car which I don’t like. It was also pretty hot in Texas and the sun was burning down so walking was not really an option either. Additionally there were no sidewalks so it could have been dangerous, too.

Su and Jeremy said however that this was like this in many places in the US and even if there is the possibility of public transport, it is often unreliable or complicated. So we are happy that we are here in New York, where everything is just around the corner and in walking distance. Whatever you want, if it is vegetables, fruit, juice, toothpaste or batteries, everything is right there. And while walking today we saw that everything means everything: ice-cream parlours, bars, shops with signs ‘spy shop’ where you can buy sunglasses that show you what is behind you, restaurants of all different nations and cuisines, manicure and pedicure parlours and even dog-care centers where your pet can get a new hairstyle, too. Well, maybe not everything is necessary but it is nice to know that it is easily available.

4 Replies to “The Rich and the Poor – and their Public Transportation – 2 June 10”

  1. It’s true! Many places in the US don’t have any kind of public transport. I grew up in a town that didn’t even have taxies. Of course now it has a one-route bus system. still: hopefully more American cities will catch on to public transportation!

  2. It is frustrating sometimes to see how many cars driving on the highway have 1 or 2 people in them. If people would take the time to connect with people in their neighborhoods or businesses there could be better way for people to move around their communities.

  3. When we think about all the speady means of travel we have lots of ideas. But still there are many places in the world, where it is not self-evident to have a car or to use public transportation. Sometimes it’s funny, when we suddenly find ourselves wondering about why there is no bus or subway or why we have to wait hundreds of years for them. And then we are stressed out…