28 Sep '12, 1pm

No wonder so few kids walk: a photo essay on school #sprawl - #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

No wonder so few kids walk: a photo essay on school #sprawl - #smartgrowth #urbanplanning

How did schools become agents of sprawl rather than antidotes to it? In its seminal publication Why Johnny Can't Walk to School , the National Trust for Historic Preservation points out that it has not been by accident. School districts across the country have adopted nationally-recommended minimum acreage standards that not only are much larger than necessary but also force administrators to seek very large parcels that, by definition, are beyond the edge of existing communities. And it gets worse: published in 2000 and written by my friend Constance Beaumont and her co-author Elizabeth Pianca, Why Johnny Can't Walk also highlights a concurrent set of policies that require administrators to raze or abandon existing schools if the cost of rehab reaches a certain percentage of the cost of a new one.

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/a_photo_essay...

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