Re: "Walking hard for many exercisers"
- It just goes to underline that the problem is more systemic than
cultural. It isn't a case of "people loving suburbia" or any such
hogwash; suburbia is what is available, due to a complex of
legislative structures and established commercial relationships. The
things people seek in suburbia (security of tenure, physical
possession, civic consummateness) could be provided, and more
effectively, in better patterns of settlement, if only the systemics
could be addressed.
The same, more controversially, goes for cars. Car-dependence does
not come of "love of cars" or any such spurious notion, but from a
systemic situation of manufactured contingent needs, corporate-
friendly legislation, and entrenched economic power. Some people
like cars like other people like horses: but no worthy equestrian
would willingly subject their horse to the daily commute we all know
and loathe. Logically, one would expect enthusiast motorists to have
a similar view. Personally, I think "classic car fans for
walkability" would be a perfectly viable and thoroughly sane
--- In email@example.com, "Matt Hohmeister" <matt@...>
> No surprise here--and that article could apply nearly anywhere.
> in Tallahassee, a "downtown" condo can, in fact, cost two to threewell
> times that of an equivalent house--even a mere half mile away. And
> thanks to zoning ordinances, there are no grocery stores nearby.
> As soon-to-be homeowners, my wife and I are faced with a similar
> dilemma--any homes in any sort of walkable areas around here are
> beyond our price range. It's quite likely that we'll end up livingin
> a near-flung suburb (1-2 miles from downtown), so bike use and mass
> transit will still be options--just so we can afford something.