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  •  Why are kids driven to school these days? (3+ / 0-)
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    pHunbalanced, myboo, pixxer

    We all rode bikes, took a bus, or walked.

    What changed?

    Could this be one of the causes of childhood obesity?

    "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

    by greendem on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 11:20:01 AM PDT

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    •  I took a bus to high school (0+ / 0-)

      but this is college. Sorry was not clear. It's 10 miles on the freeway from my house.

      One thing that is problematic is kids trying to carry 25 pounds of books home. I've heard this complained about but do not have a school-age child any more. Did we carry this many books?

    •  Neighborhoods are being built (2+ / 0-)
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      without sidewalks, or are out in the boondocks from school and there are no sidewalks on the arterials. On a dark, rainy morning, few parents want their kiddos walking on a busy road. Budget cutbacks--because of the cost of fuel--mean that school districts are cutting back on how much transportation they can provide via school buses.

      And, hate to say it, but it isn't safe anymore to let your kid walk to and home from school alone.

      I walked everywhere or rode my bike as a kid, and I feel sorry that kids now don't have that blissful freedom we did.

      Obesity is caused by sitting around all day and consuming high fructose corn syrup that is in most everything a kid likes to eat!

      Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

      by fireflynw on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 12:04:24 PM PDT

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      •  Wow, that's sad news (3+ / 0-)
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        pHunbalanced, fireflynw, pixxer

        My neighborhood is 100 years old this year. The kids all walk to school and there are parks to play in.

        P.S. it's not a fancy neighborhood. Mostly working-class African Americans and young white & south Asian families.

        Location, location, location.

        "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." - Oscar Wilde

        by greendem on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 12:34:04 PM PDT

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        •  Urban neighborhoods or (0+ / 0-)

          older suburban neighborhoods here in the Puget Sound are like you describe. Unfortunately, what used to be fields and farmlands are being snapped up by developers  and they squeeze 500 homes onto just a few acres..the houses are so close together that you literally can stand inbetween two of them and touch the outside wall of each. Commuting around the Puget Sound area is a nightmare because of these winding roads that go through miles and miles of these developments, and there is no place to walk or to play. And none of them are served by bus service unless you walk to a major arterial. Very poor planning but it puts millions of dollars in the pockets of the developers. And they scream when the legislature and local governments demand they pay for the roads that lead to their development.

          Politics is like driving...if you want to go backwards, choose R. If you want to move forward, choose D.

          by fireflynw on Tue Jun 10, 2008 at 06:56:31 PM PDT

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