Julia Ho, Solidarity Economy St. Louis Car Share
Solidarity Economy St. Louis is a network of businesses, individuals, and groups committed to building a local economy that embodies the values of justice, sustainability, self-determination, and cooperation.
For many low-income people of color in St. Louis, lack of transportation is a major barrier to quality employment, education, and a variety of other critical services and activities. Meanwhile, car owners in the U.S. generally pay between $3000 and $10,000 per year to own a car that sits and takes up space for 22 to 23 hours per day. We are developing a car share in our city to help increase our members’ access to reliable transportation, promote sustainability and reduce our carbon footprint, and provide a replicable model of how we can share resources in our community. Although we are starting with just one vehicle, our vision is to expand and replicate the model throughout various neighborhoods in St. Louis.