This week I’m obsessed with streetwalkers. No, not that kind. I’m interested in people who make it their goal to walk every street in their town.
Have you ever thought about what it would take? For some small towns, not much. But there are other cities out there that would take an extreme effort to cover.
When I was on maternity leave, I spent some time walking just in the area around my neighborhood. Even though my town is relatively small, and my neighborhood a place that I’ve spent a lot of time in, I discovered a number of new and exciting things. And when I travel, I always try to find time to just walk around some neighborhoods and see what’s going on. It always leads to some good finds, such as the bunnies (above) that I found in Shoreditch, London.
Here are some people who have walked their towns:
Caleb Smith: New York City Walk
Matt Green is doing that, too, but wants to add in every bit of all five boroughs
Tom Graham: Tom Graham walks every street in San Francisco
Ariniko O’Meara: A Crusade to Walk Every Street in Lansing
I’m not sure who this is (no About page), but they are walking every street of Dunedin, NZ
Christine Colasurdo is embarking on a smaller project, but I like her philosophy – she’s taking to words of Walt Whitman to heart, and keeping it light and open-minded about what she’ll find.
Alan, a 94-year-old who walked every street in Sydney, Australia
Actually, New York and San Francisco are sort of rife with walkers. But each brings a new perspective to it. And what a way to get to know your town, eh?