- Close to work, but not walkable or bikeable to anything else
- Walkable but not near a useful bus line
- Walkable and bus-able, but expensive
- Cheap but with no other redeeming qualities
- Practically perfect in all ways except no car-free ways to get to work
- A compromise that makes everywhere equally difficult to get to
|Like this. On all the streets. NOW.|
Source: Joe Zlomek on freeimages.com.
Not for the first time (or the last), I wish that US cities would try just a bit harder to make active transportation a practical reality for more people. Not just people who live downtown, or in a university district, or in gentrifying neighbourhoods (it's a common refrain in Austin that low-income and non-white neighbourhoods only get sidewalks when white people move in), but everywhere. I'll even wait on bike lanes if we can just get a sidewalk network built out. Come on, y'all, get with the program.
And in the meantime, I'm seeing how the puzzle pieces fit together best for me.