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Rutland Could Benefit from Improved Sidewalks

Housing developments over the last two or three decades have often been been built without accompanying sidewalks. The reasoning behind this trend has been that although sidewalks are nice, they simply aren’t necessary, since most people drive everywhere. However, during this same period, obesity rates and chronic health problems began to rise across the country. Is this a coincidence, or has the lack of sidewalks contributed to a decline in healthy lifestyles? According to a Rutland Herald editorial, Rutland has the highest rate of obesity in the state, and the poor condition of the few existing sidewalks is probably part of the problem. So we can pay for more sidewalks now, or we can pay for more hospitals later. Which is the better deal?