Folks in the Lehigh Valley are learning about the importance of Walkability and Smart Growth through the efforts of two area bloggers.
Forcing elderly and commuting residents to clear their own sidewalk absolutely guarantees that some sections won't be clear, rendering the whole sidewalk useless. Here's a better solution.
According to Former US Transportation Secretary (and Republican) Ray LaHood a walkable community is "a community where you can take kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, go to the grocery store, have dinner and a movie, and play with your kids in a park, all without having to get into a car.”
The CDC offers a Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit to help towns encourage physical activity.
People are discovering walking and the benefits of walkable communities. But what are the forces behind this surge in interest in walkability?