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Aug 10 2012

A Brief Blog Profile: Half Mile Circles

by Thomas Hynes


Half Mile Circles is the blog of Reconnecting America, a national nonprofit dedicated to helping create better communities for all. The name refers to the distance the average person is willing to walk before opting to hop in a car. The thinking is food, alternative transportation, entertainment and just about everything else we need should be placed within that half mile circle so cities can thrive and cars can become less of a necessity. 

The blog covers a lot of ground. Here they examine the health care savings that are possible with walking, biking and riding mass transit. It's interesting. Obviously, these driving alternatives are good for the environment. But, their benefits do not end there. And that's exactly the type of awareness that Half Mile Circles hopes to engender. The site also offers data-centric posts. For instance, this post shows the train versus bus preferences. And it's backed with research. Finally, this post highlights advancements in light rail, which may eventually be able to exist without wires.

Originating from a nonprofit, this blog is looking toward solutions. The facts are facts. Our cities need better infrastructure. Our environment needs fewer cars on the road. But, luckily, the answers are out there. They may even be within that half mile circle we keep hearing about.



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