Monday, August 4, 2008
from the mailbag
OK, it's actually the e-mail bag. (So technically it isn't a bag.)
Anywhoo. On the last post/comments about walkability, Ruth and I were saying that "Wal-Mart issues aside" if you had one in your neighborhood it would raise your walkability score.
So I was (grudgingly) giving Wal-Mart a little bit of credit. We have one about .6 mile from my house and I'm sure that boosted my not-so-hot walkability score. However, I received this e-mail from Offspring #2:
The eco problem with Wal-Marts is that they usually put them in areas that are a little further from town - because they are so large. While it's closer for some people to walk (thus saving gas, and that is good!) it creates incentive for more people farther away to drive more to get there to get the low prices and one stop shopping. That contributes to sprawl which is anti-compact communities and anti-walkability.
So. I'm officially back to being cranky with Wal-Mart...