Posted on 25 Jun 2011 01:04
I live in the city. Not the dense hi-rise-condo-city or even the row-house-city. But I do live in a medium-density, walkable neighborhood of small-lot craftsmen and bungalows with the occasional townhouse cluster or small apartment building. The neighborhood immediately to the east of me is somewhat denser and more obviously urban.
Now, I chose my home and this neighborhood purposely for these qualities of density and walkability. I have easy public transportation access to most of the rest of the city from here, and I live across the street from a Zipcar lot. I can walk to a couple of dozen restaurants and a dozen coffee shops.
Most importantly, I can walk to the grocery store, which I do every day. My neighborhood is big enough to support one supermarket, but apparently is not big enough to support two. So I can walk to the store, but within the constraints of my chosen circumstances, I have no real choice about it. This wouldn't be a problem if I liked the grocery store, but I don't. At all.
The things that I want in an urban neighborhood grocery store really don't seem that unreasonable to me, and yet they are hard to come by:
The short of it? I fucking hate QFC and I fucking hate Kroger, but I'm stuck with them unless I move.