Is your neighborhood full of trick or treaters on Halloween? Can kids easily find your front door? Can they safely dart across the street in their quest for candy? Former Vancouver Chief Planner, Brent Toderian, writes that trick or treating is a good test as any of a neighborhood's overall livability.
Contemporary modifications to the classic holiday, depressing ones by Toderian's standards, such as mall trick-or-treating and "trunk" or treating (basically Halloween tailgating) have been waning as denser, walkable urban neighborhoods attract young families.
"Great neighbourhoods for trick-or-treating also tend to be great neighborhoods for families everyday:
All of these are great for trick-or-treating, and equally great for walkable, healthy, economically resilient communities year-round."
Thanks to Jessica Brent