on Nov 2nd, 2006
This morning I took a walk on a path behind the Trimble Navigation office.Â In the 15 mins of walking, I had many people in work clothes and school children cycling pass me.Â I guess that is a sight I will not see in Peoria, IL.Â I don’t think our diet in the US differs that much from NZ but the difference is people here do tend to get out more often for walks and other social activities.Â The area around Christchurch has plenty of walking paths versus the single one closer to town which is Rock Island Track.Â I remember being so glad when Riverplex was built and they also put in a walking/running path behind the facility.Â The road in Christchurch also has biking lanes put in which makes it relatively much safer compared to ridding a bicycle on War Memorial Dr or Â Route 6 with semis passing you at 75mph.
Around Christchurch there are also social rugby teams, netball teams, recreational cycling and many more activities generated by the community themselves with a little help for the city council.Â Â What of Peoria?Â I definitely think the Race of the Cure, Steamboat and Recreational Volleyball is a start but there is room for improvements.
Libraries… is another item that I see quite visible all over Christchurch. It does not have to be massive, grandios, or super high-tech.Â It just has to be functional and practical.Â A corner library shared by a couple of subdivisions maybe?Â
I like Peoria, and miss it but I wish there areÂ more significant littleÂ changes instead of massiveÂ project that is suppose to be the silver bullet to all problems.Â
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