Monday, December 21, 2009
Visit our little new urban neighborhood when the weather is warm and you're likely to see a small flotilla of golf carts cruising through the neighborhood's narrow streets. In fact, the trend became so popular that the development--with its private roads--had to establish regulations for who (primarily how old you had to be) and where you could drive the golf carts (NOT on the sidewalks).
Now, I'll admit that my wife and I abstained from this trend. Partly because we live just a block or so from the pool and market and YMCA. But, also because some might reasonably suggest that the point of living in a walkable and bikable neighborhood is to, well, walk and bike.
That's not to say that I've never enjoyed a nice golf cart ride through the interconnected grid of The Waters. And, while my little objections don't nearly reach the level of this neighborhood golf cart battle, we've continued to resist the urge to electrify our TND experience.
But, there are now some serious questions regarding whether even a faux Luddite like me can resist this tantalizing carrot: free golf carts for those who make income.
Don't believe me? Check out the full story here.
As you can imagine, both municipalities and homeowners associations might be faced with an even more pressing need to draft on-street golf cart regulations than ever before...
--Chad Emerson, Faulkner U.