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Eons ago, a friend who used to live overseas, said that "it's nice to live in a big house out in the burb, but the problem here is as you grow older when you can't drive anymore, there's not many transportation choices available." And that is the big hole in our mass transit system here.
There's this urgency - the urgency to retrofit the burbs so people will age there- even small towns are eagerly looking to transform their burbs into some sort of close-knit walkable communities."That sense of urgency is understandable. The nation's sprawling suburbs—home to as much as half of the U.S. population and more than 30 million people age 55-plus—may have been a good place to grow up. But the suburbs are proving a tough place to grow old.
Indeed, as the country ages, suburbia's widely assumed benefits—privacy, elbow room, affordability—tend to vanish. Maintaining yards and homes requires more effort; driving everywhere, and for everything, becomes expensive and, eventually, impossible. (Research shows that men and women who reach their 70s, on average, outlive their ability to drive by six and 10 years, respectively.)"
[via Wall Street Journal]