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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Short Takes

It's been awhile since I posted anything....been a little busy. Some short takes from the Hill:

The other day I came across a web site called, it ranks the 40 walkable cities in the USA and calculates the walkability of an address or neighborhood or city by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc. Walk Score measures how easy it is to live a car-lite lifestyle—not how pretty the area is for walking. Not sure how old this data is but San Antonio ranked 32 out 40. We were right behind El Paso of all places! Austin, Houston and Dallas all ranked ahead of SA in walkability. On the web site you can drill down to specific neighborhoods in a city. The downtown area of SA had the highest walkability score at 94 out of 100 and was ranked # 1 out of 197 SA neighborhoods surprise there. Dignowity Hill came in at #14 out of 197 with a score of 65....not bad....which makes Dignowity Hill one of SA's most walkable neighborhoods in a city that is very car dependent. Time to put on your walking shoes!

Speaking of downtown, if you haven't had a chance, I highly recommend taking a walk, drive or bike ride up or down E. Commerce Street between the old cemeteries and Sunset Station. The city did a nice job of sprucing up the street with new lighting, cobble stone intersections and some nice artful benches. If you come down from the east you get a great view of SA's skyline.

The presidential election is shaping up to be one of the most interesting and entertaining if not historic in quite a long time. I'm not affiliated with any political party...yes, I'm fiercely independent.....but I must say that a new national direction is sorely needed. Is that Russia I see across the street?

Locally, term limits are a big issue. Read an article in the paper recently proposing that extending terms for our council reps would result in better government.....seems to me that good leadership would result in better government.

The state of the economy is THE topic lately with Wall Street having a meltdown, Congress members and the President bickering, and credit drying up. What a mess! Guess I'll be working past 65!

Meanwhile, Dignowity Hill continues to revitalize and life goes on in spite of what the gloom and doom headlines are telling us. The ice cream van still passes by our house every day, the old house across the street from us is being restored back to life, and the old pharmacy building on the corner of Nolan and Pine is getting a face lift. Most importantly, neighbors and folks just passing through the neighborhood wave hello or stop to chat when I'm in out working in the gardens. That's nice.
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