Have you ever crossed the treacherous North Central Expressway walking from SMU to the delicious Café Express, only to be stared and honked at by a plethora of vicious Dallas drivers? Because I have, and I’m not a fan. Not a fan of feeling uncomfortable merely walking around a city that I love.
I didn’t have a car in college until my junior year, and by that time I was pretty much over walking Hillcrest for the sole purpose of acquiring Chick-Fil-A. I needed new options. So that left me to walk farther distances (Mockingbird Station) for shopping purposes (I’m an Urban Outfitters addict) and meals between my spaced-out class schedule. Sans wheels, I was left to tread the uncharted path across 75, which I had no problem doing. I’ve always loved walking. I feel fortunate to be ambulatory, and the outdoors are more exciting than sitting in a classroom, inevitably staring out the window. So why, in Dallas, is a pedestrian lifestyle so out of the question? (more…)