Tomorrow – it’s only a day away

From Atrios yesterday – this is going to be a real problem in our future. Are we even thinking about it? Are the folks we elect to think about such things thinking about it? Probably not. Guess we’ll just wait till granny’s pantry runs out and she says ‘now what?’.

Paratransit Is Going To Be Expensive

“I don’t know how universal this trend is, but suburbs are not well-equipped to provide transit services for those who can’t drive.

. . .  half a century later, suburban communities designed around the autombile are facing difficult questions.

What happens when many residents can no longer get behind the wheel?

Who will bear the costs of getting them to groceries, to doctors and to a host of other places?

“As they age, they need more services, and those suburbs are not designed for more services,” said McIlwain, of the Urban Land Institute.

8 responses to “Tomorrow – it’s only a day away

  1. Services? We don’t need no steenking services! (Sorry, Bogie…)

    Cape Cod has had this problem forever because it’s crawling with old people. Its answer is a half-assed bus system and private taxis operating on a road system that is constantly at rush-hour levels in part because public transit, such as it is, doesn’t come near to answering the need for mass transit.

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    • My sister and her husband just moved to San Franciso from suburban Florida for just this reason. They can walk, take convenient buses, trains, taxis everywhere. And stuff is nearby. They can walk to the grocery store.

      Moving back into a city is great for those who can afford it. Unfortunately that’s only a few of the older population. This problem is going to get visible fast.

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  2. I read just this week that some transit services for the elderly or disabled will be sharply curtailed here.

    The schools are considering cutting school crossing guards from the budget.

    Every man/woman/child for him/herself.

    At least we’re saving those Bush tax cuts.

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  3. Yeah, the tax cuts are key to freedom.

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  4. Here in southern Ohio there are alot of elderly people that are dependent on friends and family for transportation. Many neighbors pick up groceries for their elderly neighbors who make out their lists. Of course, in Cinci there is public transportation. But in the surrounding farm towns – and I am 50 miles from Dayton to the north and Cinci to the west and Columbus to the east – if you don’t have a car you cannot live. Period.

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    • Hey Sam – hi!

      Here in FL it’s the same; neighbors do help neighbors etc, but there are limits and there really aren’t enough kind people to go around for all the lederly we have.

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  5. As the population ages, towns should consider the transportation needs of the elderly. Whether or not they actually will remains to be seen.

    I live in a region where mass transit is mediocre (where it exists at all), and the layout of many towns was done with cars in mind, not pedestrians or mass transit.

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    • That’s the problem all over the country Ahab – region after region adopted the ‘sprawl’ model, because everyone wanted their own house on their own land and everyone had cars.

      Here, where we have a huge elderly population, the rather pathetic bus system has no real bus stops. No shelter, not even concrete slabs, no bench. I see elderly people standing in the dirt on the side of a six land highway in the sun waiting for a bus. It shames me.

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