How to be eco-Strasbourgeois

///How to be eco-Strasbourgeois

How to be eco-Strasbourgeois

If you’re intent on showing yourself up as shamelessly middle class in Strasbourg here’s what to do: buy a house in Robertsau (miles from the tram stop), buy a large expensive German car and sit in traffic jams all the way to work and back twice a day, five days a week (remember everyone goes home or eats out for lunch in France). Then, on Saturdays, howl up and down the A4 to the various out of town shopping districts and buy up as much over-priced junk as you can. Sunday – go and play golf somewhere.

If on the other hand you want to do your bit to save the planet; and not have people sneer at you when you pause at traffic lights, here’s a few suggestions as to what you should do:

  • buy/rent a house in a suburb that is actually served by the Tram system (e.g. Schiltigheim, Ostwald, Meinau), or even consider living in the city centre (though pick somewhere well away from student nightspots/binge drinking areas)
  • don’t buy a car
  • work from home
  • travel around by Tram (not by bus – that’s for the proles & students)
  • if you have a family, and need to regularly purchase ‘in bulk’ – buy a triporteur (e.g. a Triobike will hold a trolley load of groceries plus a child*)
  • if you have a baby, buy a bugaboo pushchair in any colour but black or brown
  • when you need a car, rent one or use Strasbourg’s auto’trement car sharing scheme
  • on Sundays do a sport that actually involves physical activity**
  • sneer at people in large expensive German cars whenever they pause at traffic lights

*but don’t buy one with a yellow or a black hood – as these colours are already taken by other Strasbourgeois.
**and respond thus when asked if you play golf: “No, I still have sex.”

By | 2017-01-06T11:16:49+00:00 June 1st, 2008|Strasbourg|3 Comments

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  1. Ritchie Huxley June 7, 2008 at 1:47 pm - Reply

    Hi Howard

    Funny article…that struck a few chords with me!

    We are looking for a house in Strasbourg! The market seems to be very fragile at the moment. We’ve been snooping around for the last 2 years but only recently started seriously.

    One interesting thing is that the new tram and road plans for Robertsau actually meant the council compulsary purchased many people’s gardens!

    You can check all future works here for your quartier:

    http://pos.strasbourg.fr/index.php?zone=11

    One place we were interested to buy was going to have the tram built through the garden…another had a road planned through the drive way!!! The fun continues however one thing is for sure…99.999% of the time one still has to cope with the typical underhand swinery from slick immobiliers.

    We now look in the Meinau and Illkirch, some interesting houses coming up for sale but people are still dreaming 2006 prices. Interest rate rises and diminished ‘pouvoir de le chat’ put paid to that 🙂

    We just have a nice old diesel golf and our bikes…very happy with that too!

    Cheerio

    Ritchie

  2. Bart June 9, 2008 at 5:05 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the link Ritchie.

    Isn’t france wonderful – if this were Britain, the Tram extension would have been binned a long time ago, along with the phrase ‘compulsary purchase’.

    You know – I might buy one of those houses with the Tram running through the garden. Could pick up a bargain. Trams are quiet and clean after all…

  3. Chris October 24, 2008 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Unfortunately the trams aren’t so quiet as you might think. I live about 100 m away from the Tram and sometimes I am really upset that I can’t even open the window without being overwhelmed by the noise of the tram. (The CTS Trams are twice as loud as the Tram in Freiburg (Germany)). Fortunately the Tram doesn’t run between 1 and 4 o’clock…

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