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I don't think retractable leashes are always bad, but I think the number of situations where it's appropriate to use one is tiny, and a walk in a neighborhood definitely isn't one of those places. My husband likes to use one when he takes our dog on walks in more isolated areas. In most places a dog has to be on a 6ft lead, and this is a more comfortable length for me to manage my dog's behavior anyway. So I personally don't use one. I think most of the dangerous incidents I've heard about involved retractable leashes to manage dogs with poor recall and puppies dashing around, so using them with a dog that isn't well trained seems risky to me. And then, if the dog IS well trained, isn't he more likely to be off leash?
Just my opinion, and it's based on pretty limited experience with a very high energy little dog.
What I really wish is that there were more places to allow my dog off leash, because my guess is that they came to be so common as people are trying to find ways to allow their dogs to run around in spite of so many restrictions.