Why aren't American towns more walkable?
In Europe you can walk to everything you need. Pharmacy, movie theater, groceries, bars, corner store, clothing store, etc. In America you have to drive everywhere. Nothing is within walking distance. In Europe there are bike paths and side walks to take. Getting outside is good for your health and interacting with other people.
Having more space doesn't mean things can't be walkable.
- atomic fireballLv 66 months ago
It just seems like everything in America is geared towards people being fat, unhealthy, decrepit, exercise aversive. You have to go to large metro areas like New York To find people who are not overweight, on 10 different prescription drugs, never get out of their SUVs to walk anywhere, always use drive-thru windows, or are dragging themselves around with walkers because mainstream cut-and-drug America doctors have destroyed their bodies with too many prescription drugs and multiple joint replacement surgeries, etc. Europeans just seem to be smarter, healthier in general. Better culture.
- ZirpLv 76 months ago
Capitalism. Some car-manufacture magnats bought up most of the public transportation and let it bleed to death. Cars and gasoline are more profitable
Lots of places in Europe have strong lobbies for biking and walking because of population-density. If everybody would drive, they'd all get stuck in traffic-jams
- dripLv 76 months ago
We have bike paths and sidewalks.
The towns are larger. The town I grew up in had a wonderful downtown area. Very walkable. But our home was is a 15 minute drive away from it.
Chicago is very walkable. It has many older neighborhoods that have their own walkable shopping areas.
But town and older city
Towns spreads out. Population grows. Not everyone can be with walking distance
- 6 months ago
American cities are more spaced out and more dependent on transportation to get places.
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- 6 months ago
Many towns and cities in USA were made after cars became mainstream. Henry Ford introduced mass-production technique on cars, resulting cars to become affordable enough by most people. In response to the growing popularity of cars, the American government envisioned the future to be filled with cars, so they started building new cities and towns where distance between places are relatively far from one another.
On the other hand, in Europe, many cities and towns were made before cars even exist. As the result, most towns and cities in Europe are walkable enough.
- The First DragonLv 76 months ago
I am in the US and I take the bus. This is time consuming, of course. And the other day a little boy, seeing me with a utility cart for shopping, asked me whether I have a house. Yes, I do. If I were the kind of person who worries about what people think, I suppose I would be in a pickle.
- JohnLv 76 months ago
If you want to go to the butcher, then the greengrocer, then the drug store and maybe catch lunch and a movie somewhere in there, just about any American town that still has a working downtown has that and more. Hundreds certainly and more likely thousands. If you think that people in Rome don't live in the suburbs and take buses or cars into the city center then you just haven't been there. Our Italian relatives certainly live in a small town and it is miles from their homes to downtown. It's quaint to imagine that they hitch up the horse to go for a gelato.
- Anonymous6 months ago
America is young. Older cities are walkable. Newer suburbs are not. Those built after the automobile didn't think about making the places pedestrian-friendly, assuming people would drive everywhere. As a result, people have to drive everywhere. Or move to the city, which more and more are doing, in order to avoid having to pay for cars, gas, insurance etc.
- DarrenLv 66 months ago
As Skeptik pointed out, cites that grew before the automobile were walkable, while cities that grew after the invention of the car were more spread out. If you visit old cities in the United States (Boston, Philadelphia, Savannah, Charleston, etc.) you will find that their old sections are very walkable.
- EdWinterLv 76 months ago
You clearly haven't spent much time in European cities.