posted on Aug, 9 2006 @ 09:34 AM
I think that we in our country will have to finally do what we have known we should do for a long time.
I in one of the most sprawled out parts of the country, and I think that the many of the zoning assumptions of the late twentieth century are about to
go out the window.
For instance, the nearest grocery store is two miles from my house. To get there and back with any speed, I drive. (I am lucky to be so close. I
could bicycle.) I lived in a neighborhood when I was in school where there were small stores every three to five blocks, one right across the street
from me. There were also butchers, liquor stores, and others within walking distance. That can not happen in my town because most of it is not zoned
to allow it.
Now that it costs me as much to fill up my mid-sized car as it once did to fill up a Ford Excretion, I can not see people hopping into any sized car
to whip over to the store for Coke and bananas much longer.