Saturday, November 13, 2004

Urban/Suburban Sprawl and Me
Finally someone somewhat influential understands why I hate walking along roads without sidewalks! Howard Frumkin of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health states what I have noticed for the last year or two. The modern city is not built for the individual pedestrain/bicycler. This started with the advent of the modern international highway system. Unfortunately this meant that the time of the pedestrian and bicyclist were nearing an end (with the exception of the bike/pedestrian trails of modern fame). I remember the many times I walked I hated walking along roads that had virtually no sidewalk to speak of and even more cars. There were times that I was extremely worried that I would get run over and had a few near misses. Now that I'm a driver, I hate driving because of this. I have other reason for despising driving as well.

When they began making housing further and further away from the essentials for city development (schools, employment, daily essentials) people would walk less and less. Those very people probably almost never walk except occasionally if they are in a mall or a fair.

I want to hear from my other friends who didn't drive for at least a year after high school. What do you think?