Category Archives: health

health issues related to driving too much

Stop preaching about walkability

So many articles, videos and presentations preach about all the benefits to everyone when we build walkable communities. Stop trying to convince me that we need walkable communities, and stop talking to me about what a great idea it is. I know it’s a great idea. We ALL know it’s a great idea.

Stop preaching about how it benefits everyone, and start talking about how it benefits me.

Point 1: Nothing is more valuable to me than time. I don’t want to waste time driving to work, to school, to the store, to the theater, and to the library.

Point 2: If I’m going to live in a higher density community, the walls better block noise from my neighbors. When we give up the space around our houses, we give up privacy. I don’t mind living in an apartment, but I do mind it if I can’t sleep at night. This is no minor thing.

Point 3: I need to be able to afford it. Any place I’ve looked that is walkable, where I can sell my car, and get to the places I need to get to, is just way expensive. Way expensive, even factoring in the savings from not owning a car. I don’t know how to solve this, but I do have a couple ideas.

While I do care very much about climate change, and ocean acidification, I still want to live comfortably.

Street Beat: Crosswalks planned for Short Pump – Richmond.com: Street Beat

Street Beat: Crosswalks planned for Short Pump – Richmond.com: Street Beat.

It’s about time this happened, but it’s not enough. I lived in this area for a long while. I consider Henrico County, in general, to be pedestrian hostile. Even tho some amenities are an easy walk, you still have to drive to avoid being smashed all over the roadway.

The 20 coolest towns in the US – Matador Network

The 20 coolest towns in the US – Matador Network.

This is a fluff piece about “cool” places in the US. The criteria includes “not having to drive everywhere” which is important to me. It seems this article leans more towards visiting, than living in the cool place.

I’ve been to several of these cities, and they definitely are great places to visit. I particularly like Asheville, NC.  I’ve never been to Port Angeles, WA and that’s pretty close to where I live now. I need to get there!