Walking Every Street in Madison, WI
On Jan 1 I started toward a goal: to walk every street and path of the city of Madison, WI (and probably a few of the adjacent tiny communities attached). I'm finding it a fantastic way to get a sense of the town, and discover various nooks and crannies. And along the way I have been profoundly struck at what a difference sidewalks make: obviously it is more convenient and pleasant for walking, but I have also found it really changes the look and character and feel of the neighborhood I'm in. Sometimes a street will have one block with sidewalks both sides, another with none, and another just one side; (I've been color-coding a map tracking this - I'm not very computer literate so the color-coding is on a AAA city map, and I have marked on a MapPoint map the roads walked, in order to measure my distance). Seeing a street with the various combinations can really highlight the difference. There are entire neighborhoods here with no sidewalks, and others on both sides (including ours, which was key to our deciding to move to where we did 10 years ago). Its been a lot of fun, and I anticipate it will probably be a couple-few more years until I'm done.