We have relegated the act of getting around as an act where speed is of the essence. If one does actually hit the bricks, people start asking when you are going to start running. Cause it appears that walking in your neighborhood for enjoyment and to keep an eye on the lay of the land is a waste of time to most folk.
I would question this. Just walking is a great thing. Keeps the blood flowing, keeps old joints from seizing up. It also allows you to keep track of things. New neighbors…couple of kids, no real worries…folks moving out under a foreclosure notice…keep an eye on the house…Mrs. Grundy mucking in her garden, stop and chat. Walk for around thirty minutes every day by a different route and a different time.
Your local neighborhood is important to you. Keeping your ear to the ground is critical. The more dense an environment you live in, the more important it is that you have a good idea what is happening. I would argue that it much more important than the kabuki theatre that, along with Oprah and Jerry Springer, seem to occupy our collective attention.