A stop at the end of the walk


"The Last Walk"
THE SMART SET (Sept 15, 2014)

"The car won, and we as a culture have let the long walk go extinct. It’s no longer part of our physical vocabulary. The idea of walking four or five miles instead of driving seems seems more something you’d do in protest or for performance art than a normal part of one’s day. “Walking is what you do when you park your car,” says Tom Vanderbilt, historian of driving and traffic. "As transportation, walking has becoming an endangered form."

This is from my 20th and final "Walking Tour" column for The Smart Set. My thanks to editors Jason Wilson and Shelby Vittek for letting me talk the walk.