Is It Possible to Live in Chelmsford Without a Car?

The vehicular travel ban during the blizzard earlier this month got us thinking, and we were wondering about your take.


As we all remember, just a few short days ago, Governor Patrick declared all of the roads off-limits to all but a few vehicles due to the blizzard that dropped two feet of snow onto Chelmsford.

Still, Nashoba Valley Ski Area in Westford remained open and people were still walking and snoeshoeing their way down and that got us to thinking: is it possible to live in Chelmsford without a car?

After all, this town existed before the invention of cars and people still were able to get around.

Would that be feasible with today's lifestyle?

Would the town's land use planning practices have to change if suddenly all the cars disappeared off the roads like they did for a few hours during the blizzard?

Would you even still want to live here?

Would gyms go out of business due to all the extra exercise people would probably get from walking more?

Would there be some other form of transporation that would take the place of cars?

We want your take! Tell us in the comments.

Vivian Merrill February 20, 2013 at 04:29 PM
If all other things remain equal, then, no I could not live in Chelmsford without a car. I would still need the truck to pick up hay for the horse, unless I let him eat the grass at Byam while my lawn re-grows. Since he is now the car, he would eat a lot more. Then we'd have to get another one to help pull the wagon. Since the nearest grocery store is three miles away, and it would take too long to get there using a blind 18-20 year old horse. So, yeah, definitely need a second horse. I might as well claim all the fields at Red Wing, too. I wonder how the parking garage people in Lowell will feel about a horse parked in the garage all day (eating more hay, of course). And pooping. Horses poop a lot. Just in case anyone was wondering. OK, although i could do this all day, I must move along. Looking forward to what others think. Cheers!
Anna Bucciarelli February 21, 2013 at 12:39 PM
It would be very difficult but if we had some form of consistent public transportation it could probably be done. That said, I like the freedom of going where and when I want without having to depend upon the inevitable schedules that public transportation would undoubtedly have. I admit, I am spoiled, but I clearly remember living in the Big Apple and walking everywhere, or riding on a bus or taking the subway ... that's how we all did it and I'm sure some still do. But I do not wish to go back to that (tho I really love NYC, it will always be in my heart and my "hometown").


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