Letter: The Point: does the ‘walkable’ concept add up?
I have been giving the Gloucester Point walkable community concept some thought. While my numbers, population, acres and miles may not be precise, let us say they may be close enough for government work. However, the walkable community concept does not appear to be very practicable.
Gloucester Point, with a population of about 10,000, consists of an area of 15.4 square miles—that is 9,856 acres—somewhere about one person per acre.
Please permit me to pose a purely hypothetical situation. Let us assume that someone decides to start another small business within the walkable community, one that employs say three people, with about four customers per hour in eight hours. That comes to 35 people involved in this small business.
Like most small businesses, this business will need suppliers. For the sake of the hypothetical small business, let us say, six suppliers. Oh yes, and let us not forget the mailman. With the criteria as it exists, with a population density of one person per acre, that’s about a 42-acre radius. This is referred to as a walkable community?
This does not appear to make much sense. Does this "government work" have anything to do with government grants? Again, I ask, who is planning?
Port Haywood, Va.