Commuting takes a heavy toll. Those who commute long distances to work, to play or to take their children to events are less healthy than those who walk where they want to go. Commuters get less exercise, and it is bad for their weight, their cholesterol and their blood sugar. They also miss out on sleep, and on socializing time with relatives and friends. Lately, though, many people are choosing to live in neighborhoods where everything they need is near at hand. And architects and designers are beginning to invent neighborhoods where these non-commuters can flourish.
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Commuting’s Hidden Cost