It is often hard to believe how different life is today for our kids than it was for us. Even though I am 41, I still have many stories that begin with, "When I was your age...". But the truth is when I was young, we walked or biked everywhere, we didn't have electronic devices beyond a Walkman, and you had to get out of your vehicle to get a coffee or lunch.
The perceived broken window theory is that poorly maintained areas lead to vandalism and increasingly more serious crimes. Creating well-lit, walkable communities that encourage pedestrian traffic and neighbourly interaction, as well as cycle path safety are critical in building a civic pride culture that will reduce crime.
As fewer daylight hours are available many of us are forced to get our runs in before dawn or after dusk. Running in the dark has its challenges, the most important of which is staying visible in low-light conditions. Fortunately, there is a plethora of choices when it comes to reflective gear and apparel.
Portland's reputation is certainly one to be proud of. It's known as one of the most ecologically conscious places in the world. Hundreds of grassroots environmental organizations are based in and around the city. They don't just pitch this as a possibility, they genuinely live it and value sustainable growth.