Living: Kiwi in the Catbird Seat

In the era of OPEC, non-drivers come into their own

When the bloom was on the roads, the American who would not—or could not—drive a car was dismissed as a sponger or a dimwit, doomed to a life of dependence on alien wheels and, quite likely, celibacy. The nondriver was a rara Avis (though he could not rent one), akin to the kiwi, a bird that cannot fly. In a country that relies so heavily on the auto for its bread and butter and most of its honey, he was seen and often scorned as...

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