Sunday, July 09, 2006

More adventures in the stupid world ...

So the mister and I went out nice and early for a bike ride this morning. We took the AmTob Trail down to Southpointy Crossing again, with a few detours into suburban hell along the way. Once we got to the end of the trail, we were a little curious about what was in the shopping center directly across Highway 54 from Southpointy Crossing. But there did not seem to be any good way to cross. Fortunately it was Sunday morning so traffic was light, and Mr. Pants was able to devise a highway-crossing strategy that involved by making a complete mockery of all applicable traffic laws. But on an ordinary day, we would have been completely out of luck, unable to patronize any of the business in the other shopping center (few of which were open when we visited because it was Sunday morning) because we were guilty of the crime of not being in a motor vehicle.

It's a real sham, because wanna know what is located in that shopping center? Baba Ganouj Mediterranean Grill, that's what! How wonderful would it be to work up a nice appetite on the bike trail, have a heavenly, healthy meal, and then work it off on the way home? Oh, too bad, cars only! Mr. Pants made the observation that both shopping centers had been designed and built under the assumption that no one would ever want to walk from one to the other. Even though they are well within easy walking distance of all kinds of suburban tract housing, there is no provision made for anyone who might want to forgo use of their cars.

I noticed the same thing once when I was at Briar Creek (aka The Wasteland.) Even though the whole sprawling mess of a shopping center spans both sides of US 70, there is absolutely no provision made for enabling pedestrians to cross from one side to the other. Furthermore, the shopping center was designed as part of a huge development with single family homes as well as higher-density housing like apartments and "townhomes" (what a stupid name for something out in the middle of suburban nowhere, but I digress) all within walking and/or bicycling distance. Yet they are separated by high-traffic roadways with no places for pedestrians to safely cross. Stupid, stupid world we've built ...

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