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Stigma of not having a car in Columbus

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    cbus11
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    I have a male friend in his later 20’s who is moving to Columbus from NYC. He does not have a car and told me he is not getting one. I understand that he will save money and maybe help the environment. His basic motivation though is not having to deal with a car.

    I am sure you can get by fine without having a car if you plan a little. What I am more wondering about is the social stigma. He is single and I think most people in his dating pool would be turned off by this. In NYC not having a car is fairly normal, but Columbus is a different animal. Since a lot of Cu’ers seem to be pretty social I am wondering what are your thoughts?

    #438467
    Snarf
    Snarf
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    I would think taking a date out on the COTA would be fairly stigmatizing.

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    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
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    A car would probably make dating easier, but maybe he will find a girl with a car and won’t need to worry about it. Sure, as a girl, it is nice to be picked up, but you can always meet out somewhere and if things get serious, offer some money for car sharing.

    I vote no big deal. And if he lives close to plenty of fun date spots, that’s fine. I guess he could always pick up a date with a cab too.

    #438469
    rus
    rus
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    I’ve known three people who’ve gone without cars here, two women and one man. None of the three have had problems getting dates… at least not transportation related problems.

    #438470
    Anne Evans
    Anne Evans
    Keymaster

    or, cbus11, prepare to have your car borrowed! :)

    #438471

    sixby9is42
    Member

    Anne wrote >>
    or, cbus11, prepare to have your car borrowed! :)

    Yeah. If he plans to stick around for at least a few years, I think he’s going to cave in eventually. I don’t think he realizes yet how much different the transit situation is in Columbus compared to NYC.

    #438472

    cbus11
    Member

    Anne wrote >>
    or, cbus11, prepare to have your car borrowed! :)

    Lol

    I guess in general, I am putting too much stock in the social necessity of a car.

    thanks

    As far as his knowledge of Columbus, it revolves around a weekend hanging out in the SN (gallery hop), Campus (had to show him the Shoe), Arena District and jaunt up to Easton. We walked most of it.

    #438473
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    I don’t think there’s much of a “stigma” per se. Some people might think it’s weird, others might think it’s cool. Most will probably be indifferent.

    #438474

    AmyArt21
    Participant

    My boyfriend doesn’t have a car. He takes the bus and walks and I don’t mind picking him up and being the one to drive because he’s super cute and generally awesome :)

    #438475

    shmack
    Member

    i didn’t have a car for two years and relied heavily on COTA. having moved from nyc, it was really nice not having to worry about finding a DD or moving my car, or anything related to cars and drinking. however, even living in the arena district, downtown, and short north areas, i still much prefer the option of having a car at my disposal whenever i needed. i wonder if there are new zipcar type programs that your friend might make use of?

    #438476

    groundrules
    Participant

    tell him to get a scooter. instant friends.

    #438477

    Brant
    Participant

    How not having a car became Hollywood shorthand for loser.

    http://www.slate.com/id/2262214/

    #438478

    cyclist II
    Participant

    What is he from the 1950’s?

    Car-less in Columbus for 7 years. Best decision I ever made. No stigma.

    #438479

    cyclist II
    Participant

    cars are glass and metal deathtraps

    #438480

    berdawn
    Member

    cyclist II wrote >>
    cars are glass and metal deathtraps

    bodies are skin and water deathtraps

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