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  • Writer's pictureMatthew Terrell

A Case For Walkability


 

In a diverse, working class community such as Revere, owning a car can be a major financial burden and responsibility for many families. As seen across the country, the rising costs of fuel, maintenance and insurance have stretched many households' budgets thin. However, amidst these challenges, a beacon of hope shines in the form of walkability – a concept that not only eases the financial strain but also nurtures a stronger sense of community, improved health, and a greener environment.


For years, Revere has grappled with issues like traffic congestion and street safety. It's impossible to overlook the transformative potential of a less car-dependent and walkable Revere. Such a transition would do more than just ease traffic; it would also help curtail the distressingly frequent accidents that pose risks to both drivers and pedestrians, especially at a time where too many students have to walk to school on unsafe sidewalks with cars speeding past them at 40mph.


By adopting infrastructure that prioritizes people over cars—such as implementing protected and separated bike lanes, enhancing buffers between sidewalks and roads, eliminating parking minimums, and expanding communal spaces—the city stands to benefit on multiple fronts. These benefits include not only economic gains for street-level businesses, thanks to increased customer flows, and environmental advantages through reduced automobile emissions but also, most crucially, in a time of significant division, walkable neighborhoods foster meaningful interaction. As individuals choose walking over driving, they naturally connect with neighbors and actively participate in local affairs. This sense of unity fosters a safer, more supportive environment where a strong community can thrive. This not only harkens back to Revere's history as a community that values collective well-being but also recalls its origins as a city built upon walkability and public transportation.


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