The only organic coffee shop is one mile away. Round trip walking that is 30 minutes. But in the suburbs I have to drive unless I want to risk my life on streets with no sidewalks. So I drive. But every block has a light that is red for 5 minutes, there are a few streets where there are no left turns so I must go a few extra blocks, and when all is said in done I am in my car for a frustrating 30 minutes. I truly hate the suburbs. We blame China for global warming but what percentage of that is the concrete and stoplight hell we call the suburbs. BTW I have no less than 3 or 4 organic coffee places with a 5 minute of my home in the city. If there is a hell out there waiting for me, surely it resembles the suburbian purgatory like the setting in Weeds.
I love lunch time walks. It gets me out of the office, gives my mind a break and gets my blood pumping. But I don’t like walking in the suburbs, where so many offices are located. There are few choices of roads, and usually at some point there is a stretch of road with no sidewalks and quite a few cars. The streets are usually stip malls with lots of traffic, or wooded streets with one road in, one road out, and row after row of 20 year old houses with prominent garages (who thought of making a garage the primary focus of the front of the house, anyway? What happened to the days of tucking garages below or in the back?). In short, the walks in the suburbs are — for me — boring and slightly dangerous… I love the city. I love walking along a grid, where I can turn right or left at the end of any street, where there are shops and people and tall buildings and brick buildings and old buildings mixed in with new buildings. It is interesting, vibrant and offers different routes. And if I walk too far? I just hop a bus back — piece of cake. I am a city boy at heart, one who loves to live in the city and take trips out into the country — not the other way around — and would be more than happy to skip the suburbs all together.