We Walk in L.A.

We enjoyed a funny and enlightening column in The Huffington Post by writer Lila Nordstrom.  She points out that the most “green,” environmentally-friendly thing you can do is to walk places, rather than to get into your car and drive everywhere.  And we have just about the best weather in the country, making walking an easy activity.  Yet, as Nordstrom says, when some of her neighbors see her walking, they think there must be something wrong with her.

You can read the column here.

We have run into that (bad) anti-walking attitude many times ourselves.  It’s especially ironic when it comes from people who claim to be environmentalists, but then get into their cars (or SUVs) to drive just a short distance (complaining about traffic the entire time).

Fortunately, Melrose Village is a great place for walking.  According to the national web site WalkScore.com, many parts of our neighborhood are considered a “Walker’s Paradise.”

The other great thing about walking?  You can wave hello to your neighbors, get to know the people who live around you, and feel like you belong to a real community.  That’s something that the SUV-driving, gated-community-living, anti-community people in Los Angeles will never have.

UPDATE: Another great advantage of walking – it is one of the best things you can do for your health.  And a new study reported in The New York Times finds that walking is even good for improving your memory as you age.

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2 Responses to We Walk in L.A.

  1. melrose neighbor says:

    wishful thinking. yeah walking would be nice unless you’re a woman, walking in daylight only, preferably not alone, carrying nothing.

    • What a fearful attitude you have! For the record, lots of people walk regularly in our neighborhood – women and men, young and old, Orthodox Jew and gentile, dog walkers and exercise getters. Also for the record, Los Angeles is now safer than it has been in a half-century, and crime rates are the lowest they have been since the early 1960s. This neighborhood is also safer than it’s been in decades, thanks to the great work of the LAPD along with the extraordinarily dedicated volunteers of Melrose Action Neighborhood Watch.

      If you are so fearful, and scared of your own shadow, then why do you live right in the middle of the second biggest city in the country? Wouldn’t you be happier in a gated community in some remote suburban area?

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