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Save Money with Car-Free Perks at Via Sol

This week, we’re talking about Car-Free Living. Ever wish you didn’t have to own a car? With light rail outside your door, live/work space for at-home work, the Regional Bike Trail, car sharing and a walkable neighborhood, car-free living will be possible for many.

Happy learning and happy living!


The PLACE Team:

Chris Velasco Elizabeth Bowling Alice Hiniker Todd Bagby


While millions of Americans have no home, every car in America has over 3 homes (parking spaces). Transportation costs have, on average, grown to be the second largest household expense behind housing. And they go together because where you live determines how much you drive. IRS reimbursement costs for using a car are currently 56 cents per mile. That takes into consideration, your average car payment, fuel, insurance and maintenance. If you pay for parking, that’s extra. That means if you drive an average of 15,000 miles per year, your annual cost of owning a car is a whopping $8,400 per year ($700 per month), not including parking or tolls.

Put another way, if you move into affordable housing that saves you $350 per month in rent, but you drive 20 more miles a day, you’ve broken even. And wasted your time. Not to mention the health impacts of driving in stressful traffic, breathing auto exhaust.

If you didn’t have to own a car, not only would you save over $700 per month, but you would never have to worry about repairs, fuel or insurance. Every time you walked or biked instead of driving would make you healthier and happier. Every mile you went by train is a mile to read, work, or relax. (Einstein came up with Relativity while on a train). It’s no wonder that “car-free living” is just one letter away from carefree living. VIA SOL WILL OFFER CAR-FREE PERKS

PLACE is pleased to introduce Car-Free Perks for Via Sol residents. If, because of living in a transit-oriented community like Via Sol, you are able to give up owning a car, then you can sign up for our Car-Free Perks (limited availability). Via Sol will pay you $70 per month for not owning a car! So, not only will you save $700 per month on average by not owning a car, Via Sol will pay you an additional $70 per month as a bonus. And if you do need a car, you can take an electric HOURCAR ( and only pay by the hour. HOURCAR will have two, electric cars at Via Sol. Fun.


Reddit Carfree Living 4 Main Benefits of Car-Free Living


PLACE’s Via Sol community, a sustainable, transit-oriented community in St. Louis Park, Minnesota, producing its own food and energy, filled with art and imagination, offers healthy apartments and live/work space to households across the income spectrum.

Via Sol is currently under construction and expected to open in spring of 2022. Applications are now being accepted. For more information:

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Call us at 612.444.2VIA (612.444.2842)

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