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.
A lengthening tornado season doesn’t care that it’ll be harder to find parking as we add residents.
Your children & grandchildren suffering summers of 90-100ºF+ don’t care that you voted for a candidate that wants no change.
If we are to have any hope of a reasonable future, we have to act personally and at all levels of government.
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.
We have to enable residents to give up one or more cars as we find we don’t need them as much.
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.
“That means no one under the age of 32 has ever experienced a cooler-than-average month.”
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.
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.