failures art wrote:
1) Where do you live? (city, urban area or suburban area, rural area)
Colonial-era small town serving as a suburb of New York.
2) Describe your neighborhood. (parks, schools, libraries, etc)
My immediate neighborhood is a subdivision of pre-fab condos in a wannabe-British brick townhouse style. It was built in the 1990s when the local elementary school moved out of their century-old building into new premises. (Old picture of Franklin School look gorgeous, whereas the new subdivision is a bit of an eysore compared to the rest of the city, which is beautiful and old. Unfortunately, the rest of the city had no rooms available when I was looking.)
In the wider neighborhood, there's a funeral home (actually quite pretty, and they always play pleasant classical music.), several cafes, and, half a mile further, the town's business district and its train station.
3) What types of businesses are within your pedestrian range (walking or bicycling)?
The cafes and the funeral home I already mentioned (not that I plan to use the funeral home's services anytime soon), barbershops, three used-book shops (they were the ones that clinched the deal for Metuchen), several pedicurists (why, I wonder, can't Americans take care of their own feet?), several massage therapists.... pretty much everything. The only items that are a mile and a half away, near the edge of my pedestrian range, are fresh fruit.
4) What types of recreational places are within your pedestrian range?
The schools share their sporting facilities. There's a swimming pool. They were building a hiking trail where some railroad tracks used to be, but construction has stalled, presumably because of the economy.
5) Describe the public transportation options you have in your neighborhood and what other areas they grant access to.
There's a bus stop a block away from me, and a train station half a mile away. The commuter trains bring me to New York Penn Station in 50 minutes, and to Philadelphia in maybe 70.
6) How far is your commute to work? How do you commute? How long does it take?
My last job was three miles away. I sometimes drove my car, sometimes took the train.
I'm interested in knowing what kinds of things you'd like to see in your community as well.
A place to buy decent margharitas in. An independent cinema. Maybe a vegetarian restaurant. But overall, I'm happy with my town.