This post originally appeared on Orphan Road.

It sort of blows my mind that the town I grew up in back East — some of the oldest suburbs in America, whatever that’s worth — is trying to embrace sustainability and new urbanism.

Of course, it makes perfect sense. Long Island’s got dozens of walkable downtowns that are just steps from a train station (grade separated, heavy rail) where trains leave every 20 minutes or so and get you into midtown Manhattan in less than half an hour. And, just like where Goldy grew up, people walk to the train station. The procession of men with trench coats and briefcases walking a mile or more home from the station at 6pm was (is!) quite a sight.

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