Orlando without a car is a Orlando Opinion series highlighting the ultra car dependent culture of Central Florida, and how a lack of action after decades is contributing to a poor quality of life for residents.
Solution summary part I: The long term fix. Crossing over education and public transportation.
You have a lot of idle time when you don’t have a car in Orlando. Whether that’s because you’re walking miles in the scorching heat or pouring rain to reach your destination, or you’re sitting at bus stop or train station for your ride.
Each time, I took some personal accountability. What could I have done different to be better prepared for this?
The answer was easy. Learn a better trade. Learn a skill that could earn me more and ultimately let me decided how I want to get to work and where I want to work.
This is why we need to see collaboration between the tri-county school systems and public transportation. We need to see correspondence courses offered to our residents from public education facilities that could help them learn those new skills while commuting. The material is there. I’ve used it.
The bus. The train. They should be something more. They should be classrooms.
They have wifi. Riders should be able to read materials and even take quizzes from their phones, laptops, and tablets. And that should lead to a certification.
It has to be the school system. I don’t trust private vendors to get this right.
This will diversify our economy and return the power to our workers. Forget low paying retail and tourism jobs. It’s time to empower.
It’s been a week. My body has become accustom to the walking. I’ve lost four pounds and walked dozens of miles. The biggest enemy has been the sun. It drains the power right out of me and I feel like a piece of beef jerky every night.
While this post is about empowerment. I’ll probably be accepting a low paying job close by. I’m not proud of it but it’s what has to be done.
Two more entries. My short term fix tomorrow. And my summary on Wednesday. If you like what you see, please consider supporting the blog. As always. Thank you.
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