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Halloween and the Great Walkability Test

Perhaps there is no better day to explore your neighborhood and community than Halloween. Growing up, it was about the only time I ever had interactions with a few of my neighbors. Sharon Machlis Gartenberg at Planning Livable Communities wrote today about how Halloween provides a great opportunity to perform a neighborhood walkability test. Someone named Martin also left a particularly interesting comment on her post about why kids like more dense neighborhoods: because higher density = more candy!! To be honest, I did the same thing when I was a kid – I trick-or-treated in the walkable neighborhoods of my hometown after hitting up all of my neighbors. I grew up in the country, but my neighbors compensated by giving us more candy than you could imagine! It’s no wonder that Halloween is one of my favorite holidays.

Of course, Halloween always it share of pedestrian fatalities, unfortunately. One of my best friends’ cousin was hit by a car and killed while trick-or-treating many years ago. So, please be careful and watch for cars! Also, please take a minute and read Sharon’s post.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween!! The picture above I shot this past Sunday while in Apple Hill in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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