It was a beautiful weekend in Portland, so when I parked my car after work on Friday, I decided to leave it there and walk for the next few days. My weekend was a busy one, but walk I did. Here’s a list of all the places I visited on foot within 1/2 mile of my house:
- Farmers Market
- Thrift Store
- Antique Mall
- Restaurants (twice)
- Grocery Store
- Pet Store
- Book Store
- Post Office
- Bank (thanks to my other destinations)
Sure, walkability is an environmentally responsible strategy, but I was doing it for the social benefits of being in my community and the pure fun of exploring the world on my feet. The same way I like to explore other cities. Isn’t that what we want for our meeting attendees too when they visit the conference city? A walkable conference community.
Note: I took this photo of my street because I loved the carpet of blossoms on the sidewalk. You can tell it’s Portland, the line of recycling bins of to the right of the pink carpet give it away.