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Walking Goes Partisan

Amid all of the talk on this site and elsewhere about urbanism, the historical and anthropological underpinnings that helped shape individual cities sometimes get short shrift; not so in this piece exploring differences in walkability among various metro areas. The author here primarily chooses to view and compare cities and their citizens' predilection (or ability) to walk through the prism of conservative vs. liberal. This isn't the first time we've seen the culture wars injected into this conversation, and indeed, if one digs a bit, the two camps in the fierce debate over metro Atlanta's approaching vote on T-SPLOST split fairly neatly along these lines. From where we sit, it doesn't really seem to be all about taxes, as some would have you believe. [Slate]