March 1st, 2012

Good Place Clue

One measurement I use to define a good place (composed of great placemaking elements) is the distance I am willing to park my car from my destination. At my grocery store or any strip retail center, I park as close to the door as possible. If I see someone leaving, I will even wait for the closer spot they are leaving behind. However, in a great place, like downtown Winter Garden, for example, I don’t mind parking several blocks and often intentionally park further away than necessary from my intended destination because I know I will enjoy the walk from the car. At this particular great place, I enjoy my stroll past large display windows, cafe tables brimming with happy diners, and often a band playing from the central pavilion. A delightful walk I never intentionally avoid.

Author: Tory