Comment 104156

By RobF (registered) | Posted August 25, 2014 at 20:01:05 in reply to Comment 104154

I suppose i could put it differently ... I share with you a preference for building walkable neighbourhoods, but from experience and study I don't agree with your statement: If we want neighbourhood schools that kids can walk to, we need to build and maintain neighbourhoods where people walk. The planned neighbourhood unit, the idea that shaped modern suburban environments, was designed with children walking to schools and parks in mind. The idea couldn't and didn't deal with the problem of driving everywhere else, because at the time it wasn't seen as a problem. That came later. The link you are making between school closures, walkable neighborhoods, and walkable neighbourhood schools is a thin one. That doesn't mean we shouldn't shrive to build or retrofit neighbourhoods to be "walkable" in the urbanist sense. I just think it doesn't get at what's happening re: the loss of our schools. (

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