A writer for carinsurance.org‘s blog contacted us this last week to ask what we thought about this info graphic on Peak Oil. Firstly, we’re glad this topic is getting more attention. We believe it will be one of the most influential issues of this century – maybe even this decade.
Local Life exists to help transition to a more walkable way of life for the community fruit and quality of life it produces, but taking a look at this graphic, you might see why it may be forced on us.
Our hope would be to see an intentional transition rather than one done in hasty reaction to oil prices soaring. A bunch of people forced together against their will doesn’t sound awesome. May our hearts be humbled and may we care for the walkable areas of our lives: our neighborhoods.
The good news for Tacoma
Much of our built environment is mixed-use and can sustain, in theory, a lot of life within walking distance (commerce, work, sleep, leisure, etc). Yet we are still very spread out compared to most walkable cities around the world and there is also much suburban-esque, single-use-zoning sprawl, unfortunately.
We’re doing too well to try something like Flint is doing. But that just means we get to focus on bottom-up community development (those of you that came to City of Neighborhoods will appreciate that!). We get to make our neighborhoods everything we want them to be – together, from the bottom-up. In doing that we will help attract the density and nurture the small business growth needed to make more of our neighborhoods walkable.
We’re thankful for all of you bloggers, block watch leaders, grassroots project leaders and unsung neighborhood heroes. Thank you for all your inspiration. We’ve heard of even more neighborhood development projects planned for this year. It’s spreading!