Kathryn Cramer writes a piece about the lack of sidewalks. My present neighborhood and much of Atlanta suffers from this. Although I have restaurants, bars and shops within walking distance, there is no continuous sidewalk to any of them, and parts of the walk require walking out in a busy road. One of the things I most liked about being in downtown Portland (OR) was the walking culture, getting out and having lunch from a cart that you walked to. I’m hoping to get some of that in Chicago and Evanston. As much of a lardass as I am, I actually enjoy to walk around. Life is better the less of it you spend behind the wheel of a car.

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