Monday, February 11, 2008

Changing the world by foot and spokes

Encouraging news from Maryland, where a statewide organization is out to change the car-centric shape of American cities and suburbs.
Basically, the idea is to get us to live more like the way we lived before giant indoor malls, ex-urbs and 90-minute, single-occupancy commutes. Before we took a 3,000 metal hunk with us on every errand.

"If we had been doing this in 1968, maybe the paradigm wouldn't have changed to cul-de-sacs without through-roads, and we wouldn't have sprawled so much," said David Whitaker, a longtime former Frederick County resident with the Maryland Department of Planning. "Communities work better when they are tighter."
There's more in The Frederick News-Post.

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