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Old 10-29-2008, 09:26 PM
 
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many suburbs don't have places people want to go to in walking distance. In the city we can walk to our favorite stores and restaurants because they are down the street from us or the bus or subway station is right outside our door. but in the suburbs those could be miles away. People in the suburbs typically work 10 or 20 miles from their home. it would be ridiculous to expect them to walk to work everyday. and if they want to go to the mall it's probably several miles away as well. that's the reason i chose to live in the city. i'm within walking distance of my job and all the amenities i need. where exactly do you expect the people in the suburbs to walk to? the only place i can see it being logical for them to walk is to school and i think that many school children in the suburbs do walk to school or ride a bike. i just can't see people in the suburbs walking to walmart or any other big box store and then walk home with a cart full of stuff.
oh i'm not saying that they have to walk to work, but you know, if they want to actually walk for recreation, it's impossible in the 'burbs unless they get in their car and go to a designated walking area, or risk getting hit by some macho idiot that thinks they own the road.

believe me i spent WAY too long in a rural area with nowhere to walk even if i wanted to walk just to go for a walk! LAME. i am also happy that i can pretty much walk or hop on a bus or a train to get wherever i want.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Albuquerque's smaller neighbor city.. Newer Suburbs.. but of course Lowe's and Malls are srawling up everywhere as well.

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Old 10-29-2008, 09:36 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Rio Rancho, New Mexico. Albuquerque's smaller neighbor city.. Newer Suburbs.. but of course Lowe's and Malls are srawling up everywhere as well.
i've noticed that when someone posts a picture of new mexico there is usually a hot air balloon in the picture. are they common there? if so, i think i may love new mexico.
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Old 10-29-2008, 09:40 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM - Summerlin, NV
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i've noticed that when someone posts a picture of new mexico there is usually a hot air balloon in the picture. are they common there? if so, i think i may love new mexico.
Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the International Ballon Fiesta were over 750+ ballons come every year, it is the BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHED EVENT BY FAR IN THE WORLD and its the biggest ballon gathering.. so yea they are out every morning.. i can see them on my way to work or when i take a jog.. they are more than common here this is ballon country baby!

Albuquerque BALLON MADNESS!!



Ballons in the Neighborhood often drop by and give us a good morning wake up call haha









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Old 10-29-2008, 09:48 PM
 
Location: Houston
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Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the International Ballon Fiesta were over 750+ ballons come every year, it is the BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHED EVENT BY FAR IN THE WORLD and its the biggest ballon gathering.. so yea they are out every morning.. i can see them on my way to work or when i take a jog.. they are more than common here this is ballon country baby!

Albuquerque BALLON MADNESS!!



Ballons in the Neighborhood often drop by and give us a good morning wake up call haha








that's really cool! i get excited when i see a hot air balloon once every 2 or 3 years here in Houston.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:14 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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i've noticed that when someone posts a picture of new mexico there is usually a hot air balloon in the picture. are they common there? if so, i think i may love new mexico.
LMFAO!!!

I think they're absolutely great (I went in one in Napa Valley). I just think it's funny because I was thinking the same thing - always a hot air balloon around.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:15 PM
 
Location: Phoenix
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Albuquerque, New Mexico is home to the International Ballon Fiesta were over 750+ ballons come every year, it is the BIGGEST PHOTOGRAPHED EVENT BY FAR IN THE WORLD and its the biggest ballon gathering.. so yea they are out every morning.. i can see them on my way to work or when i take a jog.. they are more than common here this is ballon country baby!

Albuquerque BALLON MADNESS!!



Ballons in the Neighborhood often drop by and give us a good morning wake up call haha








Funny. Great photos even with the sprawl...they make it look more exciting.
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:18 PM
 
Location: Kauai, HI
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I grew up in the Philly suburbs and the one thing I will never understand is why the strip malls need to have the SAME stores all over the place. Like...do we REALLY need a multitude of the same exact store in a 15 minute radius??? The stores have the SAME stuff!
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Old 10-29-2008, 10:49 PM
 
Location: PA -> Denver, CO
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Ok, I'm pretty much against suburbia, and the reliance on the automobile, but there is one thing I really like about the suburbs: The 24 hour stores! Out in the suburbs, most supermarkets seem to be open 24/7 now, so if I need to get something at 3am (such as medicine) I can easily stop by and pick some up. Maybe in other cities there are good 24 hour shops, but not in Philly.
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:41 AM
 
Location: Cold Frozen North
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^Good question. Over 40,000 Americans are killed every year by cars.

My question is, why are the houses and McMansions spaced so far apart? Many are on 1/2 acre lots, some even larger. Do you really use all of that space for anything? When I look at a community like the one pictured below, I see lots of space between the homes. It doesn't usually look like very inviting space, or space I'd like to spend a lot of time hanging out in. It's usually just grass, dirt, a ratty tree here and there. It's not being used for gardening, living space, or anything as far as I can tell. Do you just have these big parcels "because you can?"

Many people like having lots of space around them, including myself. Not everyone is into dense pack living.
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