I was one of the lucky children who avoided this stifling constraint. As young as 7 years old I was walking to school (with one sibling) and continued doing so on my own into adulthood. This allowed my parents to both work and take care of other needs which today’s moms and dads typically don't have. It also gave me a very early glimse into how skewed our neighborhoods are. As a teenager navigating the vast extent of Los Angeles I could spend hours traveling through the city without ever leaving the suburban grid. I rarely saw other people unless I rode to the beach and I was rarely on a street that didn't have traffic noise.
On top of having to endure all of the same challenges around navigating poorly designed roads that black and brown people deal with.
The speed of work that is expected of people cutting animal carcasses with sharp knives results in some of the highest workplace injury rates in the country and at the same time brings a horrific emotional toll. (link) The era of Covid-19 has only worsened the situation as the areas in the centreal U.S. with the most concentrated infection rates were centered around slaughterhouses. (link)
This is why, when we talk about reducing or eliminating the use of cars and consumption of meat, it isn’t merely out of concern for the planet. These habits cause the largest amount of harm to those people with the least privilege.