The Perfect Home for Walking
Our walkable lifestyle is healthier, safer, cheaper, more convenient, efficient, and pleasant. It also leaves a smaller ecological footprint: there is less energy needed for transportation and for heating and cooling our dwelling in a multi-family building, not to mention reduced storm water runoff, solid waste, and land and water consumption. This will redound to the climatic benefit of coming generations, including our son, who just happens to live without a car in one of those lower Manhattan neighborhoods that has a Walk Score of 100.
You too can get your Walk Score by simply typing in your address at walkscore.com. Spend the extra minute and scroll down the new StreetSmart version, which contain the scores I quote above.
In the meantime, we need more housing built in our downtown, so that others can enjoy high Walk Scores while making our city and region more sustainable. It's a delightful and healthy path to environmental, economic, and social resilience. Where are the developers when you need them?
[Originally published in June, 2013.]