I Can Walk Almost Anywhere I Need To Go

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I own a car but I don’t use it that much because I live in a part of Boston where I can walk to almost everything I need. This week I read about a study that demonstrated that it makes much more sense to buy a more expensive home closer to a city than to buy a less expensive house and then pay all the costs of transportation (commuting to work; going out for a loaf of bread; shlepping the kids to activities; driving to restaurants, stores, the post office, etc.). I was thinking last weekend how very lucky I am. Here’s why.

I walked to:

the library to borrow a video

two nearby grocery stores

a theater (I saw the musical “Oliver” last weekend)

numerous good restaurants

gift shops and a children’s toy store

the post office

ice cream shops

a great lecture given by a community group

the bus and subway, to take me to other parts of the city

7 Responses to “I Can Walk Almost Anywhere I Need To Go”

  1. Hattie Says:

    Our condo in Ballard, Seattle has similar amenities. It does make daily life easy and fun to have things within easy walking distance.

  2. Irene Says:

    Your lucky! most of us are car dependent. Suburbia is forever dependent on their vehicles. I can ride a bike to some places but can’t see myself headed home on the bike with ice cream in the basket in the AZ heat. :)

  3. Linda - SE PA Says:

    I grew up as a walking child. Yes, the old story – back in the day, we walked a mile. This was true for my high school days – missed the school buy by living one block away. Tried a few times to “hitch” a ride… bus driver told me to get off. Only way out of walking was the public transit bus and I didn’t always have the jingle (even with the student discount). It was a long walk in bad weather and we didn’t have a parent or relative who drove to pick us up. A lot of us had these long walks in various areas.
    Shopping was easier.

    When I moved here, the people I met, were shocked that I even understood the public transit system (albeit, all points lead to Philadelphia)… but I totally agree that living in or near a city (without need of a car) truly saves money and a lot of money as well as personal time. Case in point for a worker… one who drives to work often has a lengthy commute in traffic and passes time yakking on the cell. Yes, there are those who listen to audio books but with traffic, I often wonder how much of a stress buster this is or does it become part of the background symphony? Public transit – you can close your eyes – watch scenery – read a book and often work on your laptop.

    My closing argument is that one can always rent a car if needed.

    And before someone says but, but, but… consider how much you spend on insurance, gas, maintenance and repairs. Consider the depreciation – consider how much personal time you spend in a car for work or errands and how many times you would have done more in one outing had everything been close rather than hit and miss (as many of us do)…

    Just my thoughts…

  4. Rhea Says:

    I once read an entire 650-page book in 3 weeks just in the commuting time on the subway.

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  6. Ann Harrison Says:

    I love walking! I get depressed when I have to drive everywhere… I think the walking really helps to keep my head sorted out! If you’re looking for ‘walkable’ communities, check out http://www.walkscore.com – it gives you a walkability score for any address.

  7. Rhea Says:

    Cool, Ann. I checked my hood and it got a score of 92 — Walkers’ Paradise!

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