New Colonist August Issue
- The August issue of The New Colonist is online now at
http://www.newcolonist.com This month we have "Our Neighborhood," an
exclusive feature from Russell Turpin explaining what it is that makes his
neighborhood so livable, and what you can look for in a city when you are
trying to find a good place to live.
We also hear from Mark Miller about his mysterious frind Max, who glides
discreetly around LA recording and quantifying the behavior of some the
world's most self-centered drivers in "LA by the Numbers," as well as Jerry
Fausts paean to "The Downtown Lunch Hour Protest" and editor Eric Miller's
examination of the various proposals to replace the WTC Twin Towers in "New
York's Search for Greatness."
And of course, all our editorials, cartoons, and other regular features
(except for Citysongs, on vacation for August). All at The New Colonist,
- Hello everyone,
I've been silent for the past weeks, because I've gone on a vacation trip to
the Eastern USA states, mainly to beach places. Let me relate you some
I went there with 2 friends, by car. I admit it was the easiest way to go
with them, because they rely on the car. For highways, it's OK, through
Quebec, then ME, NY and NH. When getting to NY and NJ, tolls are frequent,
asking from 35cents to as much as $6.
We arrived in Wildwood, NJ. Nice beach. We found a hotel directly connected
to the beach; meaning on a street that ends on the beach stairway. I'm glad
to find many other hotels can also provide a carfree access to the beach.
There is a nice boardwalk around 25 minutes away from my hotel. There are
all kinds of attractions. The only thing is a 2-way electric train system
that runs *through* the boardwalk, that constantly has to slow down and a
computer voice says "Watch the train car please!". So this train is
constantly in conflict with pedestrian traffic. A suggestion would be to cut
car lanes from the street to the north, run the train there, and have signs
on each boardwalk entrance inviting people to walk north to take a ride.
Anyways, I much prefer a train like it is now, than motor cars. My friends
chose to walk 25 minutes instead of driving, because parking costs a bundle.
They got tired quicker though, and we had to head back home. We walked
through the streets, but it's even better to get from hotel to boardwalk by
the beach (carfree walk all the way through).
Then we drove back north, passing through CT state on I-95. The only things
at halts were McDonald's and Mobil gas stations. We ended up in Wells, ME,
in a motel located at 15 minutes by car from Ogunquit beach. So we drove to
the beach many times. Ogunquit is nice near the beach, and pedestrians are
king. Parking is expensive though. There is a hotel located on the beach. I
don't know why the call it a "Motor Inn" since we go there mainly for the
direct access to the beach. So it's also possible to plan a carfree vacation
in Ogunquit. Last Saturday, we drove to the beach to find out there is no
parking available. We were all three next to the beach, but the problem was
entirely to find where to leave the car. Maybe there was parking farther,
but my friend didn't feel like trying to find one, because it was too far on
foot afterwards, so I asked if they mind leaving me at the beach, and come
back a few hours later to park the car and join me for the rest of the day.
Finally, we stopped at a McDonald's on the way back to Montreal. He was
surprised this one didn't have a "drive through" ordering facility. I
suggested we walk in to order.
My $US .02