Escape From The American Dream

Today I begin a new series on Carbon Trace (haven’t come up with a name for it yet … perhaps the headline because, yeah, I enjoy irony). It is related to my long-running and still-active series called Our Urban Challenge. On Monday, my wife and I will sign a lease for a loft in downtown Springfield. This series will chronicle our move from ownership of a single-family home in an inner-ring suburb (within the urban core) to our new life in the heart of the urban core.

My daughter created a little loft art in the sawdust on the floor while visiting our unit — still under construction.

Transportation and living arrangements — you can think about these as separate concepts, but you risk much in doing so. As I have written here before, I was lucky when I moved to Springfield almost nine years ago because I forced myself to live within two miles of work specifically to make walking and bicycling easier. I now live .75 miles from work and 2.25 miles from the heart of downtown. In our new loft, I’ll live a 5-minute walk to the Mudhouse (at a leisurely stroll) and a 1.75-mile bicycle drive from my office. These are the distances of my actual routes taken from Google Maps.

While the route to school is longer, the ride is no more difficult in terms of traffic. I’ll travel along 20-mph downtown streets and along sections of the Springfield bicycle route system — much of it being marked with sharrows —  and the campus bikeway. And if I need to walk to school, well, I’ll probably take Bear Line instead — the free university shuttle that covers downtown because MSU leases so much property there.

I published this video of the route when I bought my GoPro last year:

So stay tuned. This series will also include at least a partial move of our stuff by bicycle 🙂

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Comments 3

  1. robert wrote:

    Congrats, Andy!

    Posted 27 Jan 2013 at 1:35 pm
  2. Andy Cline wrote:

    Thanks, Robert! We’re really looking forward to a lifestyle change 🙂

    Posted 27 Jan 2013 at 6:08 pm
  3. Khal Spencer wrote:

    All the best, Andy.

    Posted 27 Jan 2013 at 8:35 pm