Wednesday, April 08, 2009

No car, no problem + tuberculosis!

I chose not to replace my broken-down car when I moved to Houston for my job. I'd already picked my neighborhood for it's walkability and proximity to public transportation. Aside from trips back to Austin, a car was superfluous. That decision is now numerically quantifiable via this website. I score an 83/100. Ignoring the rampant advertising on the site that might skew the results, how 'bout you?

Also, via that site's Google map of my area, I saw something that I'm shocked I hadn't noticed before. I live fairly close to Houston's old City Tubercular Hospital. Online searches reveal no details. This bears closer examination.

10 comments:

  1. Our apartment got a 77/100, which I think is pretty fair. I do make a point to walk on errands when I can, and to walk to work at least twice a week, although I am probably too easily swayed to take my car sometimes...

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  2. 91/100. Unsurprising, really.

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  3. 51/100. Apparently my recommended supplier of clothing is the local pet store. Awesome.

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  4. 34, pretty abysmal. But I can walk to two libraries, the pool, and the drugstore, and there are a few grocery stores and bars well within biking distance. So that's okay.

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  5. Joolie you're practically a suburbanite! (He says mockingly even though he's quite fond of Joolie's house).

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  6. I know! It was totally the 'burbs back in the 60s and 70s.

    I do wonder how much the supposedly desirable suburban-ish features--meandering streets, cul-de-sacs, attached garages--contributed to the neighborhood's pretty severe decline in the 80s and 90s.

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  7. I suppose 69 ("somewhat walkable") for my address isn't too bad, but I think we deserve better. I almost never drive my car. I have a grocery, pharmacy, dry cleaners, deli and barbershop only a five-minute walk away, one bus line within a quarter mile and another within half a mile.

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  8. 58% here, which is skewed a little high by a "restaurant equipment repair" business down the block showing up as a restaurant. On the other hand, there's a number of fast food joints and a mexican place about a half mile away, so it's not too bad.

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  9. Hi,

    Since 1980, Tuberculosis has skyrocketed from over 200,000 cases to over 500,000! This astonishing number is a sign that organizations, such as yours, are important now, more than ever. As I read through your website, it is clear that we share the same passion in fighting this horrible disease. Here at, Disease.com, we are dedicated to the prevention and treatment of diseases. If you could, please list us as a resource or host our social book mark button, it would be much appreciated. We may not physically heal the suffering, but lets support their cause.
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    Thank You,
    Sharon Vegoe
    Disease.com

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