"I used to live in Lakewood for about a year and I happen to know that they didn’t have any school buses and that they had arranged their schools so they were all within walking distance for their students, and I had never heard of that and I thought it was a really cool concept that people in other places might be interested."

I love this example of great (sub)urban development that actually makes sense and is beneficial for city residents. Good way to reduce pollution (and road rage), good way to get kids into a naturally active lifestyle, and good way to develop a closer community. 

Very cool infographic! 

Also the limitations you place on yourself. :-)

Also the limitations you place on yourself. :-)

This article brings up such a valid point:  Good nutrition is available only for those who can afford it. We tend to think that members of poor communities make poor choices about food, but it is that they make the smartest choices they can, based on what they can afford.  I would like to see us trying to find ways to make fresh (and organic) produce more affordable and more accessible to all communities. We are creative beings. Nothing is impossible. 

In my experience, as someone who sometimes doesn’t have enough  to spend on necessities for short periods of time due to being a student, what has saved me is the markets in Paris. If I were to buy all my foodstuffs from supermarkets, I wouldn’t be able to afford much. But thanks to the many bi-weekly markets here, I can get a week’s worth of produce for 5 euros!  (Just one example…in summer, peaches go for 4 euros/kg at my local supermarket, and 1.50/kg at my neighborhood market!)  That plus bread or couscous and eggs, and I’ve got enough to eat well. So maybe it’s time that American farmers got together to create more farmers’ markets, and in particular, ones that accept food stamps.