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Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 08/22/2011

Virginia Beach’s walkable suburbanism


Last weekend I traveled south to Virginia Beach for a quick weekend vacation. I’d never been to the area, and aside from the oceanfront, I was curious to see what the city itself had to offer. The Hampton Roads metro area is surprisingly big. It’s the 36th largest in the U.S. and roughly the size of the Austin and Indianapolis metro areas.

The beach itself was about exactly what I expected — miles of sand and boardwalk with more than enough hotels and tourist attractions dotted along the way.

The boardwalk and parallel bike path made the area quite pleasant. For the most part, I’ve found that tourist destinations are walkable and pedestrian-friendly. The oceanfront would be a completely different place if the boardwalk were instead an eight-lane highway. Fortunately enough, it isn’t.

Virginia Beach’s “downtown” is another story.

[Continue reading Rob Pitingolo’s post at Extraordinary Observations.]

Rob Pitingolo blogs at Extraordinary Observations. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

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