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Old 03-29-2007, 07:25 PM
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I have a small family and for us, functional sidewalks are a necessity. When I say functional sidewalks, I mean sidewalks that lead from a residential area to places like the post office or a grocery store. Sidewalks where, if you don’t live “downtown” you can still walk to “downtown,” even if that means that you will have to walk four miles! Sidewalks which are pleasantly noisy, but not flanked by 4 or 6 lane streets and nasty cross walks. Sidewalks whose streets contain drivers who respect speed and pedestrian zones. Sidewalks that can lead my mother, a non driver, to shops, stores and other events, so she needn’t feel alienated by the lack of a car, but self-reliant. Sidewalks that my children can skip upon to visit their neighborhood friends. Sidewalks that have pleasant views, are located in both the safer neighborhoods and less safe neighborhoods. And --sidewalks which are maintained as well as the roads.

We would like to know if there are cities or towns out there that still focus upon the person, the pedestrian, and not the auto. We would like to find a city or a town that has pedestrians who feel similarly because for us, walking is a way of life.

I ask you kind readers to share your thoughts and help us find our new home.

Thank you.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:37 PM
Location: Happy wherever I am - Florida now
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My grandparents never had a car and my grandmother walked dowtown every day. She lived to be 98. Our entire city has sidewalks. Seems like a funny question.

We also have no unsafe neighborhoods, but sometimes walks might get clogged with snow and then you have to walk in the road for a couple of days. There's still one grocery store downtown as well as other stores, hospital, etc. The neighborhood food stores that use to be every couple of blocks have now gone by the wayside. There's a bus that runs out to the box stores on the edge of town and there's a call-a-ride bus for seniors.
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Old 03-29-2007, 10:52 PM
Location: In exile, plotting my coup
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Older cities generally are higher density and tend to have more street life and a plethora of sidewalks. These are chiefly found in the urban Northeast and Midwest although there are a handful of exceptions (most notably San Francisco). Newer development, particularly those in the fast-growing Sunbelt, tends to be geared more towards the automobile. My advice would be to stick to the cities or their close-in inner suburbs, many of which were former streetcar suburbs and whose boundaries left no room for expansion, so the towns have oftentimes preserved much of their layout (i.e. no room to create massive strip malls and office parks). This is the case in many of the close-in suburbs in of New York, Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago among other cities.
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Old 03-30-2007, 08:53 AM
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The Hyde Park area of Tampa is beautiful. There are shops, restaurants, concerts & Gasparilla! The world's longest continuous sidewalk runs along Bayshore Blvd.

Here are some websites:

www.floridahistory.org/westcoastfla/hydepark.htm (broken link)

Good Luck with your search!
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Old 03-30-2007, 01:33 PM
Location: Phoenix metro
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Naperville, IL.
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