Posted by Richard Haut on October 14, 2002 at 11:40:53:
In Reply to: Re: Our Public places are deserted!!! posted by steve on October 14, 2002 at 11:02:10:
the car ? interestingly I only got a car here a few months ago (in southern France). Does it stop me going to public or meeting places ? It may have slightly changed the ones that I choose, but I would actually say that it means that I tend to go to more places. There are such things as carparks.
No, I believe that blaming the car is an excuse for many people. Suppose that they want to take children out to play. The difference with having a car is likely to be in the choice of park - not whether they go out or not.
One of the biggest shocks moving here from London was simply seeing children playing everywhere - in London it is rare to see children playing these days. And safety ? Everybody - but everybody - looks out for the safety of children here; it is an essential part of the culture.
is what you describe self-sufficiency or isolation ? in Britain, it is the latter.
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