Tuesday, April 14, 2020

The layer of pollen on the cars

Except for one short trip, my family's car has been parked right outside our house for a month now, and a layer of pollen from the springtime trees has settled on it. While on my daily walk today to get some exercise, I noticed that many others cars are also covered in pollen. That's no surprise, given the Swiss stay-at-home policy during the pandemic. But it does raise a question for me about any future return to "normalcy": as the Basel region has such excellent public transit, what if we try to resist "the old normal" and just stop using our cars – or at least radically reduce our use of them? (Andrew Shields, #111words, 14 April)

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