right on! keep walking
Hi Pete! I have a pedestrian plan for my neighborhood which hope I’m able to make a reality within the next ten years. I hope it inspires other citizens to take control of their neighborhoods as well. Unfriendly, non-pedestrian, Sub-suburban developments need to stop. Must walk together someday!
Hi Pedro! It’s always great to hear about others that are interested in great pedestrian conditions and even better to see people in action. Please call the office of BetterHouston, and we will set up a walk! 713-528-0049
Good use of video. Consider doing a program for your public access tv channel, Houston Media Source TV http://hmstv.org/ YouTube is great, but a lot of people still watch cable.
People are numb, or, maybe dumb, about the value of sidewalks to their health and well being. But, aside from it being a (in theory?) safe and healthy way to travel without wheels and/or motors, these are people-ways that do, in fact, belong to the public. In my old neighborhood, homes sold for $80.00 a square foot. In my new neighborhood, homes sell for $150.00 a square foot. Each of us in this city then owns some valuable shared and dedicated-to-pedestrians real estate, the public sidewalks, for our travels in the city – millions and millions of dollars worth we’ve all set aside for our common GOOD. Yet we’re denied the use of OUR property when people park on it, fail to trim their trees and bushes, put their tree limbs on it, stack old furniture on it, allow their boats and trailers to obstruct it, fail to keep it a safe, clean, walkable surface, etc. People say they aren’t aware that they only own their property from the sidewalk edge closest to their homes and back through their house and to their back fence… Yet, most homes and lots are surveyed – chiefly due to mortgage requirements – when bought/sold and “sidewalks” are noted as boundaries and limits, not as “their” property too. There are rules – many of which could, if better enforced, also raise revenue for the City – which are rarely and barely enforced, and that lack of enforcement makes us all poorer. Pete talks about walks on sidewalks mostly in terms of going to and from work. That, however, is not the greatest value these walking paths have since most people don’t want to get dust blown on them, get hot or cold before work, or, get rained on… No, the greatest value is recreation and health. Take a walk to wind down from your work day, or, week? Not on these uneven, broken, missing, and tricky ankle twisters. Take a long walk – maybe to the store for some apples – to get your “thirty minutes” a day of “moving around”? Not with all these dead-ends, parked cars, and large gaps… Just not worth the hassle. Yet, many of us will drive miles to a City Park to get the same walk-time benefits we should be able to get just walking around our neighborhoods, our workplace, our city… On OUR sidewalks.
I had the stomach churning pleasure of seeing your Yale Street walk a few weeks ago. Are you going to host the video here? It needs a wider audience.
Thank you, Paul. We’re making some final edits to the video today and it should be up tomorrow. We’ll update the Facebook and Twitter pages once it’s up!
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