A Walker's Paradise, the website says, is where "Most errands can be accomplished on foot and many people get by without owning a car." I'm sure the website organizers imagined that most such paradises would be urban locations (and right downtown at that) -- not a Montana town of 2,200 people.
But it's exactly what I realized -- and what I was looking for -- when I moved here lo those many years ago. Though I own a car, I usually prefer to walk or bike. (In fact some weeks the only time I get in the car is to drive to a parklike place... Hmmm...) And the classic American small town is as pedestrian-friendly as the classic American big city.
It may not remain that way for long, and it may not be that important to everybody, but it's a happy reminder of why I'm here.
Thanks to Lance Mannion for the link.
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