American cities are designed for cars—which makes life worse for everyone – Quartz

American cities are designed for cars—which makes life worse for everyone – Quartz.

I sent a note to the author:

I enjoyed reading your article about walking instead of driving. The movement to walkable communities and ditching our cars is gaining speed, and I welcome it.

There are two major problems with others and myself moving “downtown.”

The first is cost. A place where I can walk to work, and the grocery store is often wildly expensive to rent or buy. EVERYONE wants to live there, and thus the demand is high.

The second is noise. Virtually every apartment I’ve lived in is noisy. Hearing my neighbors stereo, TV, dog barking, disposal make living in such a place unpleasant. There are exceptions, and some get lucky by having quiet neighbors.

I’ve got no suggestion for solving the first problem, but the second can be solved by beefing up the building codes right along with zoning rules.

Regardless, the millennials are choosing jobs based on walkability. People getting ready to retire are doing the same. Cities not designed for walking will suffer if they don’t fix the problem.

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