Too many of us are outgrowing our homes and communities. They’re not becoming too small, like children’s clothes, but they just don’t fit us very well as we get older.
It may seem a bit of a disconnect, but Texas, an expansive state connected by hundreds and hundreds of miles of highway, is home to a new study showing that pedestrian-oriented, activity-friendly “walkable communities” result in a healthier and more socially supportive and engaged population.
Americans love traveling to cities where there's excitement on the streets and people-watching is rewarding and fun; places where it's easy to take care of the needs of daily life, yet these same routines often bring pleasant surprises. We take photos and put them on the mantelpiece to preserve fond memories. These cities - as small as Winter Park, Fla.; Carmel-by-the-Sea, Calif.; Princeton, N.J.; Burlington, Vt.; Sitka, Alaska; and Charleston, S.C. - have much in common, but the glue that makes them so enjoyable, healthy, socially rewarding, affordable and memorable is density.
With today's post, I want to pick up where I left off last time, when I wrote about bringing a "people first" focus to our streets. Let's start by celebrating some of the people who are succeeding, which hopefully will embolden you to take up the same cause in your own town.
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