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Jerome a Paris:
what struck me most is how people will casually drive 5-10km to go buy groceries (or tyres) or to go get takeaway food
Welcome to suburbia. In many places the alternative to casually driving 5 miles to get groceries is to casually walk 5 miles to get groceries.

With the newer style of tract development in the last 10 years or so there may not be a convenience store (or any kind of commercial space) within miles of a residential subdivision. So if you run out of milk for your past-the-sell-by-date cereal you have to displace yourself a mile or five. And then you might as well drive to a big supermarket...

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by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Fri Jul 30th, 2010 at 05:07:46 AM EST
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Also true in rural areas.

I walked to my nearest store and back a few years ago. It took two and a half hours in freezing weather.

I suppose it might have been quicker if I had a horse.

by ThatBritGuy (thatbritguy (at) googlemail.com) on Fri Jul 30th, 2010 at 06:57:17 AM EST
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