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How to travel

In reporting the U.S. Census Bureau's recent finding that the average New Yorker actually spends more time getting to work than workers elsewhere in the United States, the New York Times also proffers some commuting advice from Anthony Downs, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution and the author of Stuck in Traffic:

Downs advises automobile commuters elsewhere to equip their cars with air-conditioning, a stereo radio, a telephone, a CD player, a microwave oven and an attractive traveling companion and then to "treat being stuck in traffic as part of their leisure time."

Now, I know what you're thinking: But I went to my local dealer, and he said they don't make any cars with microwave ovens! And, sadly, you are right. But hope is on its way! Young Charlie Elsbernd (age 13) "envisions a car with a microwave, a useful device, especially if you're stuck in gridlock" to be available as soon as 2020, according to the Vacaville, Calif. Reporter. (Charlie also says that his ambition — "when I, like, grow up, and stuff" — is to be promoted from senior fellow to director of the Brookings Institution.)

As for those "attractive traveling companions," they're not available yet, either, but let's just say the reproductive human cloning lobby is probably a bit stronger than you think. ...

May 26, 2002 10:47 AM

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