Walking Twitter Storm December 2017

The following is an extraordinary Twitter exchange beginning with the following tweet on December 11, 2017. I’ve recreated the multiple threads as best I can, but have eliminated the likes, retaining only the comments. The comedy value of some of these tweets are… well, decide for yourself; it’s clearly well worth the read.


How many of these places do you walk to:

Grocery

Coffee Shop

Post Office

Restaurant

Bookstore

Hardware Store

Pharmacy

Doctor

Dentist

Accountant

0:

1-2: recovering place

3-5: good

6+: great urbanism


1.  Dec 11

Replying to 

What about parks and open space?

2 replies 0 retweets 19 likes


1.1  Dec 11

Parks, greens, squares, and plazas are all important omissions. "Open space" can mean almost anything; most often it means "leftover space that didn't get designed as anything and is therefore useless for most activities, including just hanging out." <end rant>

4 replies 2 retweets 34 likes


1.2  Dec 12

That doesn't really answer the question, though. Green space should be at the top of that list, or at least very near it.

0 replies 0 retweets 2 likes


 Dec 11

Replying to  

What’s your point. How much of your money do you give away without expecting anything in return? How many hours a day/week do you give for serving the benefits of strangers?

1 reply 0 retweets 13 likes


 Dec 11

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Or "we tore down a classic Victorian office building in 1963 and just haven't gotten around to putting anything there yet"

0 replies 0 retweets 2 likes


 Dec 12

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Except when that open space is balboa park.... pool, ball fields, zoo, museums, etc


 Dec 12

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Accountant is a proxy for neighborhood commercial that isn’t medical or retail. I like your list as well. Both doctor and dentist seems redundant to me. Bank, park or school would be more relevant

2 replies 0 retweets 3 likes


 Dec 12

Banks, parks, and schools should have been included, as should bars, as you pointed out. Stumbling home from the pub is far safer than driving home!

0 replies 0 retweets 3 likes


 Dec 12

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Bar really is a good add too, considering you really shouldn’t be driving there.



 Dec 12

Replying to 

My shuttle driver in Hartford just told me that he got called to take someone 100 yards from the comfort inn to the Cracker Barrel. Walksheds appear to vary significantly

1 reply 0 retweets 6 likes


 Dec 12

The thing is, he was right, I tried to go across the street from the same comfort in and there are no sidewalks. Coming home I walked to the traffic light (rare for me but I am in USA) and there was no crosswalk no provision for walking. I needed a shuttle!

2 replies 0 retweets 4 likes

 Dec 12

On your scale this was -10 at minimum.

0 replies 0 retweets 4 likes


 Dec 13

Replying to  

this stuff drove me mad when I was in US - frequently found ourselves dashing across 6 lanes of motorway like a bunch of proper British idiots!

0 replies 0 retweets 1 like


 Dec 11

Replying to 

All but the accountant.

1 reply 0 retweets 1 like


 Dec 11

all but, unfortunately, the hardware store.

0 replies 0 retweets 1 like



 Dec 11

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I prefer a semi rural setting where these things and their noise, pollution and traffic are not near me. uffer

2 replies 1 retweet 14 likes


 Dec 11

You do realize that means you ARE the noise and pollution when you drive there?

7 replies 0 retweets 40 likes



 Dec 12

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So how do you propose people in rural areas get around? Horse and trap?

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 Dec 13

I believe you are also the noise and light pollution when you live there, and generate waste there.

1 reply 0 retweets 0 likes


 Dec 13

Well yes of course, but surely you will acknowledge that a carbon footprint (by living close to work and amenities) is smaller (per person) with urban density.

0 replies 0 retweets 1 like


 Dec 11

Replying to 

Omitted: church, pub.

4 replies 0 retweets 31 likes


 Dec 11

The real question: Does your town have more churches or more pubs?

1 reply 0 retweets 0 likes



 Dec 11

Surprising. Here in rural MT we’ve got 14 churches and 4 bars.

1 reply 0 retweets 0 likes

Bu


 Dec 12

I suspect more pubs than churches in the city (Victoria, British Columbia), but the reverse in the country. Nothing like vast number we saw on our road trip in the Carolinas, once more than 200 churches in a day.

0 replies 0 retweets 1 like


 Dec 12

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I walk/bike to all, at great risk, amidst a truly sprawling . But if I don't, who will? Need to set an example, be healthy, save $, advocate for change! Also... 0-2: sprawl 2-5: recovering and/or semi-urban 6-9: good urbanism 10: great urbanism

1 reply 0 retweets 2 likes



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