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The Definition of Automobile Dependence

10:30 AM EST on February 27, 2008

Working for a failing automaker to make enough money to keep your beat-up, failing mini van rolling through your sprawled-out, failing city. From today's New York Times story on escalating gasoline prices.

For ordinary Americans like Phyllis Berry, a 31-year-old factory worker for General Motors in Cleveland, gasoline costs are starting to hurt.

“Iused to fill it up pretty regularly, but now I drive it until the tankis almost empty, looking for the cheapest place to buy gas,” said Ms.Berry, who drives a beat-up Dodge Caravan.

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