OK, my last blog of the day (I promise!).
A letter writer in today's Star highlights the very same problem I myself am now having: reverse commuting.
"I had to buy a car when I got a job in Mississauga," explains George Haeh, of Toronto. "I researched GO and Mississauga Transit schedules and found they don't accommodate reverse commuters."
Reverse commuting is an ongoing frustration for those of us who have downsized our homes, moved back into the centre of the city and taken all the supposed 'right' steps to reduce our global footprint.
With life in the burbs behind us, many of us are forced to ask, "what happened to my walk to work?!"
What happened is that downtown rates are sky-high and districts like Mississauga, Thornhill and Brampton are dirt cheap by comparison. So we all have to drive.
But what to do? I recall reading an interview with Jane Jacobs sometime ago. She was asked about the "idealism" of her vision of a mixed neighbourhood and she conceded that people needed a wide variety of choice when it came to finding employment, and that the walk to work ideal was "not always practical."
That may be the case but the realities of cheap employment lands in un-serviced-by-transit locations is a worrying trend. One wonders if we'll ever get this mixed neighbourhood walk-to-work way of life worked out.
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