A report from the 2015 Walking Summit: “The movement is expanding from walking as a way to improve public health to walking as a human and civil right, a moral imperative. A community that is walkable for everyone means less disenfranchisement and more connection.”
Source: The Movement to Make Every American Community Walkable – Project for Public Spaces
More about health.
I like health but what I want to see is more walking with purpose. Walking around the same block every day gets boring. Walking to the store to buy food serves a purpose. Walking to work, or to the restaurant serves a purpose. I’d rather walk 20 minutes to the store than sit in a car 20 minutes driving to the store. Sitting in a car seems like time wasted.
Friend, Co-author and uber-VC, Brad Feld (who IMHO is also the Gandhi of Venture Capital) suggests in his blog that every entrepreneur should read Robert Pirsig’s all time classic book, Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Cover via Amazon Note that this book has nothing to do with startups, term sheets, venture capital, […]
Source: Why Every Entrepreneur Should Read ‘Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance’ – Forbes
I searched the web for a link between Steve Jobs and the book “Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance” as the two are related in a big way. I wanted to know if that book was on Steve’s bookshelf, on his desk, or somewhere close by. Steve’s vision very closely matched what’s written in this book.
Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance is the best book I’ve ever read. 4 times.
Google’s Sidewalk Labs will pursue technologies to cut pollution, curb energy use, streamline transportation and reduce the cost of city living.
Source: Sidewalk Labs, a Start-Up Created by Google, Has Bold Aims to Improve City Living – NYTimes.com
I gotta wonder about this. They do recognize what needs fixing, and what people want, but don’t mention dealing with the politics of making changes in cities. Also, how do they reduce costs for your average guy? Also, will they do something about noisy neighbors?
Suburbs such as Montgomery County rethink transit to court millennials – The Washington Post.
It’s not just the millennials who are tired of wasting time in cars.
This article is well worth reading, as it points to where we’re all headed in the US.
I say bring it on!
Washington area tied with Chicago for traffic congestion, study finds.
An article about traffic congestion and wasted time mixed in with some politics.
They don’t get the real solution, which is to plan our communities better, and fix the older ones. Building more roads is not the solution.