I love cities with a grid system. It makes driving simple. Bradenton doesn't have a true grid system, but it's to the point where I've been here a week, and I'm already to that point where you drive from home to work without really focusing on where to turn or what street to take. There are some strange things about the layout. For example, you can't just drive down 17th Avenue to get to McKechnie. If you try it, you reach a dead end. Instead, you have to drive down a block, find a cross street, go around the golf course that is separating 17th Avenue, and pick up where 17th continues on the other side. It seems like they shouldn't be able to call two separate streets by the same name if the street doesn't continuously run from one end to the other.

I mention this because I think about ...

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