The road gang

At a Mexican restaurant in the middle of a strip mall parking lot on Macario Garcia Street our enchiladas were substandard and the view even more so. Visible from the veranda were a Texaco, Autozone, Firestone, Thunderbolt, Cooper Tires, Minit Man carwash and a Whataburger. It was a mini version of Houston; a street completely devoted to the car. The automobile may be needy, but it certainly is not weak. If you’re thinking about challenging the car, beware: It has many friends. When you take on the car, you take on the whole gang. Propelling the capitalist economic system full speed ahead, the automobile is a vehicle of endless consumption.

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