Mark Fenton leads walking tour of Oak Park in and around the village, ranking its walkability score along the way.
- LOCAL CONNECTIONS
- Casey Cora
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Before delivering a keynote address at last week's GreenTown 2011 Conference, the charismatic and mustachioed walking expert Mark Fenton led dozens of Oak Park residents on a walking tour, exposing them to features they may have overlooked. Related: Mark Fenton Will Help Oak Park Walk Toward a Greener Future, a Q & A Some of the observations seem obvious. Proximity to public transit? Very good. Likewise for the village's public park system, which offers abundant free space. But what about some of the potential hidden pitfalls? How close are schools to fast food outlets? How well does the South Marion Street construction accommodate foot traffic? Where can cyclists park their bikes? Thought-provoking stuff, right? For highlights of the tour…
In advance of the Greentown forum, PBS host and writer Mark Fenton shares tips for a healthier community.
- THE NEIGHBORHOOD FILES
- Aly Brumback
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Oak Park is an incredible place to walk around, especially this time of year. This much we know. But are local leaders taking advantage of all the walkability? Mark Fenton, host of America’s Walking on PBS, and community leaders from Illinois and the Midwest are coming together to find out. Fenton, 50 and a father of two, will deliver a keynote talk at Wednesday's Greentown: Pioneering Healthy and Sustainable Communities forum at Unity Temple. Greentown aims to bring together civic leaders with the stated goal of making healthy, sustainable communities a reality. Fenton answered a few of Patch's questions about how Oak Parkers can live healthier and greener, simply by using their own two feet as transportation. Patch: Could you explain the…