Culture File 30:
Walking in the U.S.A.
In some American cities, it’s quite difficult to walk between buildings outside the downtown area. Some cities were built with six lane highways, with very few sidewalks. Because these highways have complex crossroads it can be difficult to cross the highway on foot.
As suburban shopping areas (‘strip malls’) and offices have large parking lots, it’s often easier to drive between two buildings, even when the distance is short — 300 or 400 meters.
In downtown areas, people usually give directions in blocks where cities are built in a grid pattern. Walk four blocks along Michigan Avenue and it’s on the right…