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“Come Home America!”
Since: Nov 11
Claymont, Delaware 19809
#1 Oct 8, 2013
"79 percent of Americans believe they should walk more, but forty percent say they do not do so because their neighborhoods do not have nearby services, shops, schools and work, according to a national survey released this week.
The lack of nearby walkable destinations ranks as the second most often cited reason for not walking. The survey found that the biggest neighborhood barriers to walking include a lack of sidewalks, drivers who speed, and drivers who talk on their phones or text. Crime ranks eighth overall out of 15 items as a neighborhood barrier to walking, but it ranks 5th among both African Americans and Hispanic respondents compared to 12th among white respondents." 40 percent of Americans believe their neighborhoods are not walkable http://bettercities.net/news-opinion/blogs/ka...
Paul Krugman has written a New York Times piece , "Stranded By Sprawl" on the correlation between poor walkability neighborhoods and the low economic mobility of many young people from low-income families struggling to find jobs. "Upward mobility is strongly correlated with compact, walkable communities — largely in cities but also in suburbs. Low economic mobility is associated with conventional “drive-only” suburbs, according to new data from Arizona State University researchers that builds on a recent study by the Equality of Opportunity Project (EOP).
The EOP study indicated that sprawling metros such as Atlanta, Charlotte, Indianapolis, and Detroit fared poorly in terms of intergenerational income mobility compared to more connected metro areas with higher densities. In a high-profile The New York Times column “Stranded by Sprawl,” economist Paul Krugman theorized that suburban sprawl inhibits job access for young people from low-income households.“Sprawl may be killing Horatio Alger,” he wrote. "
Walkability and the American Dream http://bettercities.net/.../walkability-and-a...
I remember a few years ago John Carney,now Delaware's Congressman tried to negotiate with the local Claymont steel plant to make some of the parts,the steel blades, etc. for Bluewater Wind. There was even some public discussion about convincing Bluewater to build a wind farm on the banks of the Delaware between Claymont and Marcus Hook(when the Sun refinery looked all but shuttered) It could have created new manufacturing jobs and attracted more skilled workers and their families to settle in Claymont. This could have also helped the momentum here for redesigning /revitalizing Claymont as a walkable , viable small town again. The town already had a solid school system , a variety of charter, private, and public schools to attract new families with young children, good ball fields, now a brand new public library,--even the main Philadelphia Pike has been narrowed and 'car traffic speeds slowed by placing bike paths/bus/pedestrian traffic zones on either side of the two-way car lanes. Some of the older , traditional residential/commercial housing still exist ,but underused along the Pike, like Richardson's 5&10 building, Buffington's variety, a radio/t v repair shop, a green plant and seed shoppe, unfortunately still too many gas stations(some disguised as WaWa and 7 & 11 convenience stores (no independent Bakery yet nor any reopening of a local hardware , or shoemaker/tailor shop. Some of the easiest ways to encourage more walkability from the local residents can be done with a few strategically planted flower gardens , some old wooden palettes turned into rest stop chairs along the main Pike , out front of the Food Lion grocery store(near the bus stop), I'd like to see more shade trees planted along the Philadelphia Pike since it still appears a little stark with just concrete and asphalt.(And no one wants to stare at cars whizzing bye on a ribbon of concrete and asphalt)
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