25 things vanishing in America, part 2: Sidewalks


I understand that we have a lot of problems that the government needs to focus on in order to improve our economy, but I wonder if instead of focusing on building roads, perhaps we should be building more sidewalks.

I spent a lot of my childhood in Middletown, Ohio, which was then and still is a very pleasant place, even if Forbes late last year annoyingly said that its one of the top 10 fastest dying towns in America. There are a lot of reasons I liked growing up in Middletown, circa the 1970s and '80s, but certainly one of its underrated charms was that it had a lot of sidewalks. And it still does.