Blogger Mathildepiard writes this today about an NPR report:
What I found really interesting is that this story, which was supposed to be about how parents struggle to make sure their kids get enough exercise, ended up being about biking, traffic, and urban planning.
One mother talked about how she spends her afternoons in Los Angeles traffic, ferrying her two boys from one sporting activity to another. She explained that her eldest can’t really just bike around in her neighborhood because it’s not bike-friendly enough.
The story also profiled two other moms, both in Portland, and I especially loved how both talked about the choices we make for ourselves, for our families, for our cities (emphasis is mine)
Read her full post here.
My family had an interesting choice to make a couple of years ago. We were moving from a Midtown townhouse and had to choose a place that was both in our modest price range and in a walkable area.
Though downtown fit those criteria, a move there would force us to rely on sidewalks and MARTA much more than we had before, with our shared car parked four blocks away from our building in a garage. We would also be without some of the amenities nearby we had in Midtown.
In the end, we went with downtown because it was well-connected to transit and walkable — more so than most any other spot in the city, in my opinion. The small indignities of getting groceries inside without a driveway and walking in inclement weather are, for us, well worth suffering through for the benefit of being able to walk out the door to go some place we like, without needing to hop in the car first.