Just a quick post to note how interesting parking lots are to me now. I do spend a lot of time on foot in the suburbs these days, and it's interesting how parking lots really impact the walkability of a place. The parking lot is such a vast expanse of space that the pedestrian has to cross in order to reach the store. Also, the entrances to stores here tend to not be right on the road. They're set back, due to the presence of the parking lot. It really adds a lot of distance for me to cross when I'm trying to go somewhere.
But wow, parking lots. You know that these parking lots are FREE, right? Also, there is always a parking spot readily available. You know how in New York City you have to spend hours looking for a spot? Or pay $15/hour to park in a cramped parking garage? Shit like that doesn't happen out here. You get in your car, you drive, you park. That's it. None of that crazy monkey business.
Of course, driving is a whole different issue. Have I mentioned that up until last week I hadn't driven since Christmas?