It's important for us to let go of, 'Wal-mart killed Main Street', and take a second look at the amazing places we can create to live in using items that are in our control. Most everyone I know wants to live in a cozy walkable neighborhood with municipal facilities.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Neighborhoods and Shopping
In my recent Maine Sunday Telegram 'Insight' section article (9/21/08) I talked about towns locating schools, libraries, post offices, ball fields, parks, etc. in neighborhoods based on a 10 minute walk. We all mourn the loss of Main Street and it's shops but our lives are more than just shopping and we can create neighborhoods with the non-shopping municipal buildings we use. If each neighborhood has a post office stall, gym, elementary school, library, ball fields, park- all in buildings shared by all and organized around the green space then people can walk the non-shopping part of their lives. We may have to drive to work or to a large grocery store or other large store for some items but much of our time is spent with our children and neighbors.