From Carfree Tokyo Blog and UK Guardian...
"Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Once again, I am convinced that the Japanese have nailed what is perhaps
the best possible solution to a complex social issue. I found this brief
article in the UK paper the Guardian:
The author describes how in the old days, school students had to go to
the nearest school. It reduced choices, but dramatically strengthened
communities and ensured healthy commuting lifestyles for children.
However these days, the vast majority of parents in the English speaking
world drive their kids to school for a variety of reasons - the sprawl
means bigger distances and less friendly eyes to keep an eye on the
kids, the lack of community means there are less friendly eyes at all,
the lack of safe routes to school, the desire to go to a "better" school
across town, the fact that everyone else also drives which makes it
dangerous for the kids to walk... in a vicious cycle until we reach
where we are today with crisis levels of childhood stress, obesity, lack
of independence and dearth of social skills..."
Full article: <http://carfreetokyo.blogspot.com/2008/02/catchment-area.html
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