I agree wholeheartedly with much in that post as well, with the exception of one nuanced little point. As someone who has gone car-less for close to fifteen years, there have been several benefits. One of which is my wife and I buy less food since we can only buy as much as we can carry home. So the need for delivery services, to me, is only a necessity for those with mobility obstacles, be those physical through disability and old age, or those who live nowhere near a food market, or those who have larger families. So we definitely need the delivery services for those who need it, but able-bodied single folk and couples (like myself) who have accessible (on foot, bike, or public transit) food markets around them need to begin rethinking the quantities of stuff they buy along with rethinking how 'necessary' cars are.
Meeting today on the Marketplace Specific Plan Update, this is updating the land uses in the areas including the Area planned for the Riverside Multi Modal Center.Meeting is at the Community Settlement HouseSee attached flyer about this event. Opportunity for public comment on land uses in that area.This includes the area where the Multi-Modal Transit Center is planned. Notices were only sent to local property owners, there was no notice on the City website, on the City Calendar there is no information on the City website about this meeting. Most people in the City were NOT notified, only locals and city insiders which includes the DANA group which serves another area of the City of Riverside.The City of Riverside Community Development Department is working on updatingthe Marketplace Specific Plan and we want to hear from you!Purpose:• To provide an opportunity for area residents and businesses to become involved in this process• To make recommendations and suggestions on the vision for each land use district• To establish goals and standards for land use districts within the Specific Plan• To establish long-term vision for the Marketplace Specific PlanWhen: Monday, May 24, 2010Time: Stop by any time between 4:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m., refreshments providedWhere: Community Settlement Building (next to Vasquez Park)4366 Bermuda AvenueRiverside, CA 92507Parking: Parking lot at Vasquez Park near corner of Fourteenth Street and Sedgwick AvenueQuestions: Contact Dave Murray @ (951)826-5773 email@example.com orClara Miramontes @ (951)826-5277 firstname.lastname@example.org
atom-I also do most of my grocery shopping by bicycle or foot, living 10 minutes' walk from our supermarket. However, there are some things that don't lend themselves to hand-carried delivery. Furniture and large consumer electronics, for example. Fortunately, most providers of such things already offer delivery service for them.I'll also cop to using grocery delivery services in my area. It's a great way to "stock up" on dry staples without multiple trips by bike or walking. I do wonder, however, why we need a new, government-run service to deliver stuff... we have private companies that already offer delivery. I'm all for government, normally, but if the market is already offering a quality service, why try and force a politically unpopular government restructuring through as well?
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