The Seattle Weekly's Knute Berger praised the experiment but charged that the Durnings were "mooching" by accepting rides from friends. Times columnist Danny Westneat noted that Durning was being portrayed by the media as a "carless freak." The environmentalist's blog on his experiment, at www.sightline.org/carless
, has drawn a steady stream of comment and debate.
It couldn't happen to a more boring guy.
Which makes Durning, his wife, Amy, and their three children — Gary, 19, Kathryn, 13, and Peter, 12 — so interesting. They're a typical middle-class Seattle family trying to live the values their dad promotes as founder and director of a downtown environmental think tank called Sightline, but in a way we other boring people could emulate.