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transit thought

...you know, given our later financial straits and loss of car, it's really fortunate my parents had bought a house 1.5 blocks from the train. I suppose the fact that my mother never learned to drive safely might have been a factor.

Of course, I got spoiled. Friends in high school talked about walking a mile to the train (or to the school, for one), and I was all "walking a whole mile! that's so far!" That seems ridiculous now, but I honestly hardly ever had a reason to walk a whole mile anywhere. Bus half a block away, train 1.5 blocks, library and supermarket 3 blocks, restaurants 5 blocks... little reason to walk more than a quarter mile at a time. School recesses, PE classes, and occasional zoo or museum visits were probably the longest times I was on my feet. Oh, summer camp, maybe, barely remember it.

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mindstalk
Apr. 17th, 2011 06:54 am (UTC)
Selecting a poor immigrant neighorhood helped. We'd probably have lost the house later if in Ravenswood or Hyde Park. And this was back in 1977 or so.
februaryfour
Apr. 18th, 2011 12:01 am (UTC)
Phew. I guess our kids will get bicycles early. The suburbs of Denver are not really all that good for walking (very large distances).
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