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The Walking Life

There’s a need for us to celebrate the people in the community who are, to use a cliché’, walking-the-walk. People who’ve chosen to reduce their impact by walking, getting on a bike, the bus, car-pooling or even staying home. And, perhaps they haven’t even chosen to reduce their impact, but simply don’t see why they’d move around town any other way.

I know a few of them and there are many others that I don’t know. You can help; let me know who you think is a model for a walkable, bikable, more livable community. With their permission, I’d like to publish short portrait profiles of them. I’ll be launching these in the near future. If you’d like to contribute, also let me know–help is appreciated.

The following teaser is something like what I envision. It’s short, image driven, reflective and, for many of us, inspiring. I encourage you to click-through for the full version.

“If I don’t walk I can’t think,” says Maggie Nesciur. That quote and many others help piece together this moody portrait of Ms. Nesciur, the walker. She walks over 90 miles a week and points out in the beginning of her piece, I don’t have walking shoes. I never owned sneakers in my life. I walk in my boots.

The full 3 minute audiovisual slideshow is part of  The New York Times‘ ongoing series called One In 8 Million and beautifully photographed by Todd Heisler.

The full piece is at: Maggie Nesciur: The Walker

Why do you walk?

  1. John Robert Williams
    November 10, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Great Idea Gary! I will help any way I can! -JRW

  2. Sharon Flesher
    November 10, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Gary, did you ever read Wanderlust by Rebecca Solnit? If you haven’t, and you want to, I have a copy which you can borrow if you promise to give it back (otherwise, I’d have to buy another one). It’s one of those books I wish I had written.

  3. November 10, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Thank you, Sharon. I think we sell Solnit’s book short by not using the entire title: Wanderlust: A History of Walking…Bold. Intriguing. I look forward to reading it.

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