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Lou Miranda @TheNewLou
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People suffering from asthma don’t care if new buildings cast shadows on your block.

People on island countries getting submerged by rising seas don’t care if denser buildings means your commute is longer.

Our redevelopment concerns seem petty in the context of climate change.
100-year storms (every 3 years) don’t care that denser housing may mean an inconvenience as the school district builds another school.

A lengthening tornado season doesn’t care that it’ll be harder to find parking as we add residents.
Lung cancer caused by increasing pollution doesn’t care that you don’t want to walk or ride a bike a half mile to run errands.

Your children & grandchildren suffering summers of 90-100ºF+ don’t care that you voted for a candidate that wants no change.
Being in denial about climate change won’t stop the fact that climate change is happening and will continue to happen at ever increasing rates.

If we are to have any hope of a reasonable future, we have to act personally and at all levels of government.
When planning 10 and 20 years out, we have to assume that the automobile will have a greatly reduced role in our daily lives.

We have to assume that housing, shopping, entertainment, & jobs will be closer to where we live, and they will be easy to get to without a car.
All our planning, whether city-wide comprehensive plans, or neighborhood small area plans, has to reduce the role of cars, trucks, & SUVs. Electrification is not enough.

We have to enable residents to give up one or more cars as we find we don’t need them as much.
We have to stop requiring 1970s-era levels of parking for cars, and making it free.

We need a parking/multimodal fund, much as we have an affordable housing fund, to prevent obscene levels of parking on small lots & add desperately needed biking & transit infrastructure.
Our #1 goal for our Bike & Ped Plan should be making it easy, safe, & comfortable for our residents to walk & bike to & from their local commercial node—not creating recreational loops around the city.
Residents’ nearest commercial node—and transit stop—may not even be in Edina, so our bike & ped network needs to be more than navel-gazing & internally focused.
On a lighter note, here are some ciabatta rolls I made, and some sandwiches, poached eggs, & breadcrumbs on chicken breasts I made from the ciabatta. 🙂
“The Earth’s climate has been warmer than the 20th Century average over the last 406 consecutive months.”

“That means no one under the age of 32 has ever experienced a cooler-than-average month.”…
If you’re a sports enthusiast or have a heart condition, by all means get an Apple Watch.

If you’re simply looking to be more fit and/or help the planet, the single biggest thing you can do is:

Get out of your car.

Commute by car if you must, but walk or bike for errands.
Get in the habit of leaving the car at home.

You’ll be more fit and will probably end up in a better mood.

You’ll discover things you couldn’t notice when driving past them at 30-45 mph.

You’ll cluster your errands to save time and find new local businesses.
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