Annapolis draws walkers' praise

Magazine: Publication names it among the most strollable cities in America.

July 11, 1999|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

This town is made for walking.

Annapolis, with its red brick-paved streets that wind through neighborhoods of historic homes and lush gardens, is named one of the most "walkable" cities in the country in the August issue of Walking magazine.

And it's a good thing city planners made travel by foot easy, locals and tourists say, because finding parking in the city can be frustrating.

"I'll fight the parking just to come down here and walk around," said Pixie Pikus as she tooled around City Dock with her 7-month-old son, Alec, tucked comfortably in his stroller.

Walking is the best mode of transportation in Annapolis, especially for tourists like Angela and Bradley Yarbrough, visiting from Tuscaloosa, Ala. After picking up maps from the visitors center on West Street, the couple and their year-old son, Caleb, started off on a walking tour of historic homes.

"The maps are great," Bradley Yarbrough said.

Said Angela Yarbrough: "We wanted to see what a New England town really looked like. To us, this is about as far north as it gets."

City spokesman Thomas W. Roskelly said Annapolis was designed by Sir Francis Nicholson in 1694. After tinkering with the Annapolis design, which includes two traffic circles, he designed the plan for Williamsburg, Va., with straight blocks.

The Annapolis plan "was great for walking and the horse-drawn carriages, but he clearly did not envision the invention of the automobile 200 years later," Roskelly said.

Other cities named by Walking magazine are: Chicago; Duluth, Minn.; Glenwood Springs, Colo.; Kingsport, Tenn.; Madison, Wis.; Naperville, Ill.; New York; Savannah, Ga.; Vancouver, Wash.; and Waynesville, Ohio.

Pub Date: 7/11/99

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