Though I don’t agree with the climate activists who push for the banning of automobiles, I do agree with the sentiment that walkable cities are good for the soul. Places like Disneyland, New York City, DC, and other sites where you can never have to drive are much more pleasant than driving place to place, having to find parking, and being stuck in traffic all day.
Absolutely. You’re disconnected from life indoors. Still haven’t been to NY or DC but they’re on the list.
There is also something to be said for state of mind. When you’re at Disneyland you’ve chosen to “turn off” and that pretty much sets the tone for the day. It’s interesting when I typed that post earlier I had time, was not in a rush and I was relaxed. On the exact same walk back to the dealership a couple hours later I wasn’t nearly in as good a mood. Same street. Same weather. Same everything. Only difference was that I now had food in my hands that I was trying to get to my wife at home while it was still hot. Suddenly, it felt like people and cars were everywhere and everyone was in my way.
I have this thing about people eating hot food. When I host a party or I’m picking up takeout and you’re waiting for me at the house the food will be hot. Seems that less and less people care about that these days. I can’t tell you how often I’m eating cold food at parties and get togethers. If we’re not eating hot food what are we doing?