Compare “walkable” Albany to these cities…

Screen shot 2013-10-27 at 6.50.31 PMHere’s a great TED talk about walkable cities (specifically Portland OR), exploding any remnants of the myth that living in the countryside is far less “environmentally sane” than living in a densely developed city.

http://www.ted.com/talks/jeff_speck_the_walkable_city.html

Listen up, Albany! What if we needed to build upwards a story or two to break the iron grip of unaffordable housing? What if we needed to change the “two parking spaces per living unit” ordinance? What if we were really to become a city that was friendlier to people than to cars?

Here’s a tale of Los Angeles in the future, from none less than the BBC:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20131018-walk-to-work-transform-your-city

And an inspiring report from Groningen in the Netherlands, already the most bike-friendly city on earth.

http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/youve-seen-amsterdam-and-copenhagen-now-check-out-groningen-where-50-trips-are-done-bike.html

A Brit who came to the US in 1988 and found California and the Transition movement to be a perfect fit. Now my life is replete with a dear husband, a small but productive permaculture backyard, a loving family and a very full calendar of work I love.

Posted in Community Building, Economy, Energy, Health and Healing, Housing, Social Justice on October 27, 2013