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Eco Minute: February 24, 2015

Jem Sullivan

Choosing a place to live that reduces the need to drive can mean living in some of our most beloved historic neighborhoods, or new neighborhoods designed to emulate the traditional ones. This is the EcoMinute, and I’m Christian Wagley.

Nearly every town in America built before World War II was built as mixed-use, with shops, restaurants, schools, and offices integrated into neighborhoods where people lived. Modern zoning and its rigid separation of land uses has pushed our homes away from our daily needs and made it pretty much illegal to build communities where residents can safely and easily walk or bike to school and work.

We need a fundamental change in the way we design our communities to reduce our driving, prevent air and water pollution, and create a more energy-independent nation.