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This, in short, is why I do what I do. Growing up in Arizona without a car most of my adolescent life and in to University was incredibly difficult, and the lack of mobility was a big factor in my leaving. As a resident of Phoenix in 2012, it was an imperative that you own a car – I used to wait a half our for taxis in the middle of summer to get to my job, twenty dollars a day spent to keep me from the 45C heat. Car ownership, even in Phoenix, felt immoral, that the cost and stress of single-occupant vehicle ownership was not something I could take part in, so I left and moved to somewhere where probably 3/4 of the places I go to are accessible via rapid transit, and the rest via busses. But car culture is pervasive, and people are averse to public transit even today, and even in the seemingly progressive bay area – look at the push back on Cal HSR.

A month ago I was in Phoenix, enjoying some time off work, catching up with friends, eating the food and drinking the coffee. Over the course of a week, I probably spent 100 dollars in total on Ubers which constituted half of my getting around; the other half was the light-rail.

And you know what? It was alright.

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