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JB

This might be a mad idea, but as its only 2 miles away, couldn't you walk there? Isn't part of the reason that the traffic is so bad that all the other people who could walk short distances are driving too? If Julie works 4/10 of a mile away, it sounds like it would actually be quicker for her to walk to your car than to drive and pick her up.

I realise that unrestricted automobile travel is the heart of the American way and I'm not trying to shoot you down here - I don't even know if its possible to walk these journeys (crossing freeways? bandits? dragons?).

Bob

JB brings up an excellent point -- it would be fabulous to be able to walk someplace in Cranberry.

Unfortunately, this is a typical U.S. suburb -- built for the car, with nary a thought towards the pedestrian. There's not a sidewalk to be found, so you'd have to walk on busy streets with a lot of blind curves. Walking anyplace to get something to eat would be nearly impossible, and you'd have to cross some nightmarish intersections to get anyplace.

Plus, I'm lucky if I get half an hour for lunch most days -- by the time I walked anywhere, I'd already be borrowing against the next day's lunch hour.

As for Julie walking here -- again, a pretty rough walk, both in terms of traffic and terrain. Great ideas, and I wish it could happen, but no.

Julie

I have actually thought about walking over to Bob's workplace just to get some fresh air after work, but it's just as hubby states, bad terrain and crazy drivers. There is a walking path which I may explore just to see if it can get me to where I need to be.

Smokey

This is precicely why my husband and I moved downtown. We didn't want to be part of that suburban sprawl/traffic snarl/obnoxious pit of consumerism that is Cranberry, the North Hills, Monroeville, etc. We take public transportation or walk nearly everywhere, shop at locally owned stores for groceries (in the Strip District), and shake our heads as we watch the throngs of traffic trying to get out of town every evening rush hour as we sit comfortably in our downtown condo.
I realize that urban living isn't for everyone, but if more developers would think about revitalization of existing areas (Downtown) instead of building new sprawling mega-mart towns, perhaps Cranberry wouldn't be the way it is.
I hope you don't take my comments personally, Mr. and Mrs. Subdivided. I know that the vast majority of people can't help where they work so I'm not directing my comments at you, but rather, I feel strongly enough about this to put the idea out there that, in my opinion, people (my fellow readers)need to think about and consider for their own lives.
*steps off soap box*

Julie

I forgot one other thing...another piece that can be dropped from the P-G is the Club Scene. I guess my opinion shows my age.

PS to Smokey -- No offense taken. We would have loved to live in Shadyside, Regent Square or somewhere similar, but all things considered, we chose the lesser of all the evils. At least we can get downtown in less than 15 mintues. Plus we expose the kids to all the different areas of the city and don't just hole up in suburbia like some folks do.
I would agree about all the new development versus the revitalization. I seriously doubt that we needed to level off a mountain to put up a new Target, or clear away all the trees near the Oxford Club in Wexford for whatever the hell they are putting up there.

Christina

Hey, I like Munch. The FOM (Friend of Munch) and SCOM (Second Cousin of Munch) and DOM (Dominatrix of Munch) crap is nauseatingly cutesy, but at least the restaurant reviews aren't as fawning as the regular PG restaurant reviewer.

Isn't American Eagle, or some subdivision thereof, moving down to the SahSide in the near future? Better walking area, but a more annoying commute from the North Hills.

And I could be wrong, but I suspect the MOV2PGH plate is my realtor's.

Jonathan Barnes

I don't like Munch, which used to be more entertaining than it is now.
I also don't understand "Scorpio," though I've been reading it for many years.

Sabrina

It's okay, Mr. Subdivided, I'm with you on this one. Cranberry blows.

I can't even imagine what someone would have to pay me to work there. I'm sure I'd have my price, but it would have to be enough to buy my own mountaintop, build a log cabin, and parachute into the office.

Tube City

I swear this is true: "Munch" is a feature that was stolen from The Valley Mirror, the weekly paper in Munhall, where it was called "Out to Lunch With Munch and Crunch."

It was equally dumb in the Mirror, but it was at least funny reading in a small-town weekly. Imagine the horror of Valley Mirror readers when their little private joke went regional.

JB

Sounds like Satan himself designed the whole area and then sat back to operate the traffic lights and laugh in his demonic way.

I suppose one of the many differences between the UK and USA is I can walk anywhere. I live in central London, but if in a fit of insanity I took it upon myself to walk to the sea it wouldn't be the road layout that stopped me, just my aching limbs.

Hey, but gas costs about $8 a gallon here, so of course we're going to avoid driving whenever we can!

Bob

JB, you hit it right on the head. The post-WWII U.S. suburbs were designed with the auto in mind, with no regard for pedestrians at all. It's a shame. That's my number 1 complaint about living in the land of subdivisions -- I hate having to get in the car to go buy a half-gallon of milk.

Sarah

Cranberry reminds me of an old house, or an urban hospital - one of those places that started with one main building portion and now have umpteen additions making them a jumble of connected yet unrelated parts that are impossible to navigate. Anyone who thinks Cranberry is an enjoyable place to drive has never driven there.
It bugs me that I live less than .5 miles from the nearest convenience store, but can't walk there without putting my life at risk. (and I did try it once - it was harrowing)
I recently observed that not only is McKnight road not designed for pedestrians, but the poor souls waiting for public transportation are often forced to stand in mulch strewn mud puddles less than 3ft from the wizzing traffic.
Here in America, the automobile reigns supreme.

Ol'Froth

I'm just glad I don't have to go further north than North Park to get to work. Occassionally, I brave Rt 19 though to hit the Cranberry Costco, and yes, the traffic there is awful.

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