Day 27: A Stark Comparison

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A May 2016 survey¹ revealed that nearly 3/4 of Americans are in favor of land use regulations that increase access to public transportation and other non-vehicle transit options. The overwhelming majority of people in favor of these changes are younger than age 50. Given current efforts in and around Fresno to make such changes with high speed rail and bus rapid transit, it seems that Gen Xers and Millennials around here may soon be pleased.

One transportation option that often gets overlooked is bike commuting. Fresno claims to be a bicycle-friendly city, and it has certainly increased the presence of bike lanes on many city streets, but not nearly enough for bike commuting to be easy around here. Insufficient bike lanes makes bike commuting dangerous if you don’t take proper safety measures. This is particularly true in regions that don’t actively promote such activity because drivers are not accustomed to sharing the road with non-vehicles. I would love to see a major overhaul in Fresno and Clovis that would allow for an increase in the presence of bike and pedestrian trails and lanes to give residents another viable option for their daily commute. The owners of Sunnyside Bicycles in Fresno are also committed to increasing bike riding as sport, exercise, leisure, and commuting. They are so dedicated to the cause that they are hosting a clinic called Bike Commuting 101: Go By Bike later this month.

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What are your thoughts on public transportation and non-vehicle commuting? I’d love to hear from you!

The house I toured today is on the same block and is the same model as one from a few days ago in Quail Lake. At first I was hesitant to profile a house so similar to one I already wrote about. However, my mind was changed when I walked in and realized just how different these two houses are, despite being exactly the same model. It’s incredible how much different design choices can change the aesthetics of a house. Take a look for yourself!

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“Minutes Away, World’s Apart! Quail Lake beauty!Located close to a private community park with Play Equipment,and just around the corner from the resort-like Clubhouse and swimming pool (with expansive Lake view).This well designed Single Story Centex features a formal entry with art niches.Tall windows and a volume ceiling add a light and airy feeling to the generous great Room .A gas only fireplace creates warmth on those cool winter days.The spacious kitchen with a center island is adjacent to the formal dining room.The master bedroom and bath are on one side, and three bedrooms and main bath on the other. the large laundry room is located next to the three car garage.Come and see all that the awesome Quail Lake community offers !”

The photographs on the left of each grid are from the first Fieldstone house, the ones on the right are from the second. They both have the exact same square footage, lot size, and number of rooms, but they look so very different just by adding a variety of finishing touches. Which one do you prefer?

Cheers!

Erica

¹Source:  http://www.hntb.com/Newsroom/News-Releases/Americans-overwhelmingly-favor-changes-in-land-use