When I read about this, the first thought that came to mind was, What the f*#& is wrong with you people?
Recently, Treehugger reported on a story about a suburb outside of Washington D.C. that was built to include a light rail system in the middle of the subdivision, that would take residents to the town square and subway station. Finally, a suburban lifestyle that included an OPTION of not having to drive a car everywhere.
Except that many of the residents of this suburb are freaking stupid and have decided that they don’t want the rail system, because they worry about “the effect construction will have on traffic, parking, pedestrian safety, and buildings.” In other words, they’re worried about the effect public transportation will have on their ability to continue relying on cars. Because heaven forbid they do something else.
The residents see “no benefit” to the rail system. Ironic, since they bought houses in a development that was centered around an eventual light rail system. Of course, one also has to ask: why was the rail system the last thing to be built? Why wasn’t it developed alongside housing so that residents could start using it automatically?
I did a little research, and there are some legitimate claims from residents, such as the uselessness of the town square, the sprawl of the subdivision as a whole (making it inconvenient to begin with), the lack of a good subway system to the majority of jobs…But, to say that it has “no benefit” is just sad to me. I would love, nay, kill for leaders in my area to talk about public transportation that would take me to a town center. In my dreams, I would live in an area where there are developers at least talking about such things.
When it come to the environment, the suburban/urban divide is getting further and further apart, and suburbanites seriously need to start thinking about the future of their lifestyles…