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Aaron Lad
I regularly see cities wanting walkable neighborhoods with stores, shops, markets within walking or biking distance. To me that would mean having access to these places within 2 block, certainly no more than 5 blocks away; I really can't see lugging groceries much further than that. I think if we look back to post WW2 expansion and the neighborhood shopping centers that held a wide variety of services, this is the closest thing resembling what many today may be wanting. However, suburban expansion, proliferation of malls, and the big box stores with vast parking lots and high margin demands have all but killed the local neighborhood shopping & cultural centers that everyone walked to. So does walkability have to have those amenities within a short walking range, does it simply need to have nice places to walk in the evening after work so that residents can relax, or is it pie in the sky wishful thinking ideal of what we think we want? Outside of major urban areas, I find it hard to believe there are places where coffee shops, breweries, produce markets, and bakeries are all nearby and culturally active.

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