The Resilience of the 20-minute Neighborhood

While the TV is showing cars slipping and sliding all over Portland (as someone who lived the first 27 years of his life in New England, I can’t help a chuckle over what one inch of snow does to this city), I’m finding life here in my neighborhood relatively calm.

Yesterday I was able to walk (albeit a little carefully) to two markets and a video store to stock up for two family dinners and some entertainment. And today coffee and lunch were no problem. My telecommuting work life didn’t change (except that as our offices in Wilsonville were officially closed, my whole department was telecommuting along with me).

So perhaps the idea of a 20-minute neighborhood isn’t just about reducing auto-dependency and promoting more active living, but also has a few other advantages…

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