March 9 2018
American cities are experiencing a rising trend of walking communities. This term refers to residential neighborhoods where you only have to walk to get wherever you need to go and the only reason to take a car anywhere is to go to work and come back. Everything else, from visiting friends to picking up new furniture for your home, you can do by walking down pedestrian-friendly pathways and roads. And the reason this is a rising trend is because there are many benefits to living in a walking community.
The first important benefit is the walking itself. A moderate amount of exercise every day is an essential part of healthy living, and walking for 10-15 minutes every day can provide that. You’ll need to do more if you want to lose weight or gain muscle, but many Americans don’t have any exercise routines. By walking everywhere, you can at least keep up a baseline of physical activity.
Less Vehicle Use
A quarter of all trips made by Americans are of one mile or less, and a surprising number of them are made by car. And while that makes the trip faster, you lose out on an opportunity for exercise and you waste gasoline, which is both money out of your pocket and a little more carbon dioxide in the air. Walking communities encourage residents to walk more often for short trips by creating pedestrian-safe paths that put all the essentials within a short distance.
Between the internet and driving, it’s becoming far too easy for people to ignore their neighbors. Walking communities put everyone on the streets and paths that connect their apartments, duplexes, or other close living circumstances, and it gives neighbors more chances to meet and connect. So if you feel isolated at home, you should look into moving to a walking community.
Not every Lockwood property is part of a walking community, but we do our part to promote community togetherness by creating and managing collective senior and family properties and encouraging property management careers that center around eight properties instead of the 15-20 our competitors often demand. Rising through the ranks of property management careers shouldn’t be about managing more properties until you’re exhausted or overwhelmed, it should be about delivering the greatest possible results to a smaller number of residents. So if you see property management careers as a possible path you want to take, you should consider Lockwood Companies.