No One Walks in Phoenix

I'm not complaining, mind you. I wouldn't walk no matter what the setup of our city. But it occurs to me that, at a time when we're paying upwards of $4 per gallon for gas, it would be nice to have the option of walking to work, or to class, or even across the street for a cup of coffee, instead of having to drag our cars along with us because that's how we've been trained by a city that isn't set up for pedestrians.

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Porfirio McDiaz
Porfirio McDiaz

Years ago, when Phoenix was still a relatively modest sized city with a low violent crime rate, someone-can't remember who-observed that "Phoenix is the safest city for walking in America, but nobody does."

Concerned Chicago Transplant
Concerned Chicago Transplant

If you can only make it half a mile, you wouldn't like walking in Chicago, either -- you regularly have to walk much more than that to make it to some of the places to look at or stop and get a drink or a snack. Plus, if it's too hot to walk in Phoenix, it's too cold to walk there -- and it's too cold there for longer than it's too hot here.

I mean, this article is dumb from the beginning -- the opening is just a lame excuse to tell the story about walking in Ohio in the cold, and how both walking on Ohio and walking in the cold weren't that great. I mean, it seems like the New Times writers just feel like it's their job to complain about Phoenix as much as possible, since that's what's expected of people obviously too cool to like living here...but it doesn't mean you're still not a whiny bitch when you do it..

helentroy4
helentroy4

There are two speeds in most of Phoenix, jog and sit.

Fresh
Fresh

This article perpetuates the stereotype that no one walks in Phoenix. In the article the author stated his friend walks here...(and see's nothing but empty lots). Maybe the article should have been about how many lazy a** folks there are here. Or maybe how many out of shape and obese citizens there are. He could have quoted a study about the Phoenix area's rank amongst the fattest cities in the U.S. I agree the city isn't set up for well for walking, but places like Tempe make it work decently with public transportation options as well. You just have to find interesting places to walk and get out of the a.c. and get a little exercise!

Danielrm49
Danielrm49

i don't walk in Phoenix and i don't walk because it is hot, i just donĀ“t walk because I could be deported, thanks Joe Arpaio...

willbradley
willbradley

OK now spend an afternoon in a cafe in downtown Tempe / Mill Ave. You'll see hundreds of walkers/bikers/boarders. Why? Shade trees, things to look at, not to mention no underground parking. Plus a young culture that isn't flustered at the thought of using their legs. It's amazing.

And that's why I live in Tempe instead of Phoenix, though I too hope that Phoenix can learn and change (and have seen some hopeful signs of life over the past few years.)

John Villani
John Villani

In reference to Santa Fe, while there certainly are sections of the downtown Plaza area that feature "portals" similar to covered walkways, these serve more to keep sidewalks free of winter's snow and ice than provide midsummer shade. As for misting systems they simply don't exist outside of a few patio bars and aren't needed at the city's 7000 ft. elevation.

Walker
Walker

There's always people out walking in my neighborhood. We have a huge park in the middle of it and people are always out with dogs and kids. Except for in the heat of the summer - then they wait until the sun goes down. The reason why no one walks in downtown Phoenix is because there isn't any reason too. No one lives there so everyone drove in from somewhere else or took the light rail or buses in. Its not like Chicago or New York where people can actually WALK to work. When I would go on walks down town over my lunch hours. I would come in and blow dirt out of my nose. The gray snot was enough to convince me that I was better off walking the stairs in my building and saving my outdoor walks for the relative cleanliness of my neighborhood park.

Beaker
Beaker

People don't walk because 30% of the population is obese, an additional 65% are just lazy. That leaves 5% that may be out walking. There's plenty to see, if that's what you want to do. How about just getting lost in your thoughts? Do you really need to be entertained on your walk? That's kinda sad. Reflect on your day...make plans...solve problems. My wife and I have averaged 200+ miles per month walking and hiking in our time here. We see people out at 4am walking their dogs. We probably see 20 people on a 4-mile morning walk.

There are so many sidewalks, parks, connectors, and greenbelts here. There's no excuse to NOT walk unless you like being fat. It's not hard....one foot in front of the other.

 
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