For whatever reason, the 50s and 60s obsession with suburbia and building huge highways through cities didn’t take hold. The expressway that was to be built through the west village was cancelled and nothing ever replaced it.
We still have miles of walkable streets and people take advantage of them.
In a city like Chicago where all the store fronts are industrial sized and the chains have taken root. In NYC, most storefronts are still tiny and thus you get a diverse set of businesses. This is at risk a bit with new super tall building but its fixable.
Its so satisfying to walk 5 miles through city blocks where there is a restaurant and deli on every block.
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