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Welcome - my name is Kevin Klinkenberg, and this site "The Messy City" is my blog and company website. I started blogging on urban planning and design issues in 2007, and began working in the field in 1993. Please feel free to connect with me on any of the social media sites listed here. Thanks for reading.

Walkable neighborhoods are good for your kids

Clarence Eckerson reports on how Lakewood, OH is a haven for kids walking and biking. Their formula: this suburb of Cleveland is a walkable place to begin with, and the schools are all located so kids can walk and bike to them. In fact, the school district does not have any busing at all. Not only is it great for socializing, the kids get some exercise they wouldn't otherwise get (and the numerous benefits of working off some energy before school) and the city saves a good deal of money.

Why can't every suburb in America do this, instead of sticking kids in huge schools next to big roadways? Why don't more parents demand it?

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