Car-Free in Ann Arbor
don't own cars and don't want to. Though all four have that in common, their motivations and methods are quite different.
Twenty miles a week on foot
Judging by stringent standards, and the 1925 Dodge Brothers Business Coupe in his garage, Bob Harrington doesn't live a fully car-free life. But that beautiful antique vehicle rarely touches the road, and neither did the Ford Edge that Harrington gave up in 2010. "I always leased cars, and you only get a certain amount of mileage with a lease," Harrington says. "For the last few leases, I realized I hadn't used up the miles because they sit in the garage."
As a racetrack construction consultant to NASCAR, among others, Harrington does commute to an occasional meeting in Detroit. He regularly flies to other cities for work, and in those instances he drives a rental car. But at home, Harrington says, it simply didn't make sense to own a car any longer. His co-workers didn't see it that way. "Everybody thought I was nuts," he says. "I should have a car, right? I'm in a car business. How am I going to get around?"