Did you catch this interesting piece in yesterday’s New York Times about suburban communities trying to go greener? First it focuses on my town, home of enviro activist Mike Tidwell, but quickly takes us back to the reality of regular, nonhippie suburbs and the fact that with their larger and larger homes and ever-growing commutes to work, they’re hotbeds of unsustainability.
One cool thing got my attention, though – the federal Safe Routes to School Program, that has successfully doubled the numbers of kids cycling or walking to the local school where it’s been tried.
And THE question of 2008: Is growing food the most environmentally responsible thing to do our land, as some are suggesting?
And back on a local note, obviously cities need to grow up, not out, so isn’t it time to allow buildings in our Nation’s Capital to add a story or two? Our Height of Buildings Act is a major cause of sprawl in this area – the very opposite of smart growth.