Walk On Wednesday

There’s probably nobody more concerned with their commission check than a realtor. So when they value walkability then you know it must be for real!

Check out this link to a story from Realtor.com: The Value of Walkability


3 thoughts on “Walk On Wednesday

  1. Walkability stories are always interesting to me. What are the chances that suburbs that used to be cities, like Peoria, will catch on? Having read the Strong Towns blog, I’m starting to think that the bills for overly stretched infrastructure have to come due in a big way for some locations to adopt even a slightly different development model.

    1. Peoria really scares me. I had nothing but the best of intentions when moving to the area a year and a half ago.

      After getting deeply involved here in Pekin, I am finding change near impossible. Bartonville, Morton, Washington, and East Peoria were the suburbs of Peoria and continue on what I would consider the wrong trajectory.

      There are organizations in Peoria that have worked hard to try repair community and walkability but there is not a universal understanding why it needs to be this way.

      On top of that, there are the many contradictory developments and usage of land that furthers the impending tax burden to its citizens. See: Eastern Bypass. Veterans extension, pet projects, etc…

      I go to strategic planning sessions and ViTAL Economy meetings but there is still a BIG misunderstanding of what makes a “Place.”

      I try to be positive for the most part in this blog, but maybe that is ineffective. Maybe we are really in the tough love stage of recovery?….

  2. There are scattered micro stories to celebrate, but few people knit together the small, locally owned businesses, owner-occupied housing in older sections, transit, active transportation and other positives into a cohesive narrative that speaks to sustainable outcomes. Even the ugly macro stories are fragmented, to the point that it’s hard to connect the conscious decisions to overextend infrastructure and subsidize big box stores with the fragmentation of community and destruction of place. If there is an answer shy of bankruptcy, it is in the creation and distribution of clear, fact-based narratives. We’ve already seen what we get in the absence of information: nostalgia for the good old days–never as good as memory contends–without ownership of the decisions leading to the shortcomings that are all around us.

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