I have lived in neighborhoods where you can walk around, to a store, a movie, a restaurant, for 40 years, counting my college days. I grew up in a ranch house with a driveway, but came to adulthood in foot-based parts of cities. Others have also rediscovered the joys and benefits of walkable places. They have done this first in a trickle, then in a flood. While in total numbers it may still be a minority taste, it’s a fashionable taste now, one heralded in movies and TV shows.
In 2011, Canadian senator Nicole Eaton launched a campaign to get rid of one of her country’s main symbols. The beaver had to be dumped as the national animal, she said. It’s a “dentally defective rat” that does little more than “wreak havoc on farmlands, roads, lakes, streams and tree plantations”. Tradition be damned; the polar bear should be Canada’s symbol. Today, in contrast, Eaton is the main barrier to changing another of Canada’s beloved symbols: its national anthem.