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Old 15 November 2011, 03:03 AM
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It was eye-opening for me when I visited Las Vegas for the first time. I'm used to walking everywhere, in all conditions. Obviously I'm used to cold weather (Just walked home carrying 47 pounds of groceries in the snow last weekend), but we also get some brutally hot days in the summer. My friend and I wanted to travel from hotel to hotel in Vegas, so we just started walking down the strip. I made it one block before I absolutely had to duck back into a building with A/C and grab a bottle of water.
Being somewhat less cold adapted, I went to Las Vegas in August and found it pleasant to walk along the strip. It was around 100F or more at times, but it was dry and didn't feel too oppressive once you get over the initial shock. Actually one time I went and rented a car and it was almost worse because it could easily get like an oven inside and it takes a while for the AC to fix.

I'm sure there are days when you can't go out much because of the temperature, but maybe not entirely different from days in Canada where you don't want to go out because of the cold (or precipitation, which Las Vegas doesn't have much of).

The big problem with Las Vegas IMO is that it's so spread out. It's a classic example of a city that rapidly expanded in the age of the car with plenty of cheap land to expand into in all directions. As a tourist you can walk in certain areas downtown, although the enormous casinos make some of the blocks absurdly large and spaced out. But for a typical resident it's not really very walkable at all.

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Old 15 November 2011, 02:16 PM
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I often "go for a walk" as a way of spending some time pleasantly, and so do a lot of other people I know -- assuming, as others have pointed out, that we're in an area where walking is practical and safe. Families with young kids seem especially likely to do so.

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But it seems to me that by comparing our family (who tend to walk quite a lot) to another family at what to all intents and purposes is basically random but American I'm not being given the full scope of attitudes towards walking as a practical function and a hobby across the Atlantic.
You and your logic.
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I wouldn't be surprised if he skewed statistics (by including infants and infirm people, for example) or flat-out made them up.
Well, if average is what's asked for, I would say that not including them would be skewing the statistics.

That's why the median (or, if you prefer that term, 50-percentile) is usually a much better measurement than average. It's much less affected by statistical outliers and anomalies.
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Well, if average is what's asked for, I would say that not including them would be skewing the statistics.

That's why the median (or, if you prefer that term, 50-percentile) is usually a much better measurement than average. It's much less affected by statistical outliers and anomalies.
Sorry for the hijack, but the statistician in me has to comment here. The median may be a better measurement than the mean (they are both averages) in many situations, but not usually. Purely from statistics, if you can normalize the data in such a way that you can use mean instead of median, you will be able to draw much stronger conclusions than you could with the median.
The median becomes more useful when outliers are important, but an awfully large amount of the things we measure fall under a normal distribution (hence normal) and thus the mean is a better statistic. And, in the case of a completely normal distribution, the mean and the median will be equal. [/hijack]
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