The perennial problem of what to do with shopping carts that people use to transport groceries is again on LA’s agenda.
In my Van Nuys neighborhood, I’ve seen carts from: CVS, Costco, Office Depot and 99 Ranch Market. But I have not seen any from Jons, which is on the corner of Sepulveda and Sherman Way. Why not? Because Jons uses an invisible electronic fence that locks up cart wheels.
People who do not own cars cannot reasonably haul bags of groceries by hand. It is understandable that families must get food from the store to the home. But why can’t the grocery chains sell portable steel carts that fold up? Why doesn’t Ralphs institute an aggressive new policy to DELIVER groceries to its customer’s homes so that gasoline might be conserved?
The shopping cart blight is a symptom of an environmental problem that begs for a creative solution. It is an outgrowth of a “cars first” mentality that puts food only in the reach of those who drive to buy it.