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Why do you have to walk a mile to cross these streets?

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Forget chickens and their unfunny reasoning behind road-crossing. The real question is, why do you have to walk so far to safely cross certain roads? In Burlington, Mass., you have to walk 1.2 miles to find a crosswalk between the Burlington Mall and the AMC cineplex, even though they’re right across the street from each other.


“So what? I had to hop 10 miles uphill to school with both my feet in a burlap sack,” you say. Or maybe “Just jaywalk already!” But the conundrum hammers home a point we often harp on here at Grist: Cities too often are designed with cars in mind, not pedestrians (or cyclists).

The ridiculous Burlington walk is one of the candidates Streetsblog found for Least Crossable Street in America. Explains Streetsblog:

In most American cities you can find streets that turn what should be short, easy walking trips into excursions so long…

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Public historian; working w/ small businesses/non-profits/college students

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