I was thumbing through Google News today (I print it off first on newsprint to get that good old pre-digital experience) and I came across this final comment in an column about a local beer issue in New Jersey:
It's thanks to the current system that there are so few bars near neighborhoods and so many out on highways that can be reached only by car. Open up the licensing system and the bars can be put back where they belong - which is within walking distance of the houses, as in Europe.That got me thinking. I can walk to at least four bars from my place but two are fairly scary, one's a pool hall past the railway overpass but one is a pretty decent neighbourhood phony English pub. Newer suburbs are not that lucky. And from my work or my folks place, I can walk to many good places like I will when I cut out of work early Friday to catch the Dutch hammer France in Euro 2008. So while this isn't Europe, I must have it pretty good compared to most places in North American.
But how about you? Can you walk to a place you would walk to? Do you care?