Sunday, March 22, 2015

Americans are from Mars, Europeans are from Venus part 3

Recently another grocery store opened near our house.  For those counting that makes seven stores within a 20 min walk, six within a 12 min walk and two within a 3 min walk.  I'm not sure if Keila needs so many grocery stores, but it is great to have the selection and the competition.  This also reminded me about something very different about Europe from the US, maybe the biggest difference.  Planning and zoning.  Even though Keila is a town of only 10,000 people it is still very compact with a lot of apartment buildings, and almost everything within walking distance.  For us we can get everywhere in just 10 min or so, hair salon, bank, children's play place, train station, places to eat and so on.  In the US everything is very spread apart and segregated.  Overall I liked the mixed zoning and compact cities better, no urban sprawl in Europe.

 This picture says it all, an apartment building to the left a bus stop in front, and the new Maxima in the background.

The Maxima stores have different sizes, the one x is the smallest.  It was a nice store, but I would rather have had a two x.  Luckily we still have some pretty big stores like Selver and Rõõmu.

 They have a family parking spot right next to the handicap parking spot we thought it was pretty cute. We went on only the second day it was open and it was super crowded and took us forever.  We should have just taken the pictures and gone home.  Since this store is about 10 min away from our apartment we probably won't be going here often. 

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