7 years ago I decided to walk every block in NYC. I've now covered more than 9,000 miles on foot, with a few hundred left to go. AMA!
My name is Matt Green. About a decade ago I quit my civil engineering job and spent 5 months walking 3,100 miles across the United States, from Rockaway Beach, NYC, to Rockaway Beach, Oregon. After returning to the East Coast, I drifted around and worked odd jobs for a while before deciding to take on another walking project, this time focused on one place: walking every block of every street in the 5 boroughs of NYC, plus parks, cemeteries, beaches, bridges, and other outdoor public(ish) spaces.
I don't have a particular goal or focus when I'm walking. I just try to pay attention to whatever's around me. It's amazing how much there is to see everywhere, whether you're in the middle of North Dakota, Staten Island, or Times Square. It just takes a long time to open your eyes to it all. I'm still working on opening mine. I meet a lot of people, take a lot of photos, and do a lot of research afterward to figure out the stories behind the things I encountered. I document the small wonders (and non-wonders) that I see and learn about on my website, imjustwalkin.com.
EDIT (4:26pm ET): Thanks everyone for all the great questions and generous offers. I need to wind this down, but I’ll try to take a last look over your questions tonight/tomorrow and answer a few more then. If you want to know more, check out the documentary and my snoozefest of a blog -- or, better yet, go for a walk yourself!
EDIT (1:12am ET, 3/16): All right, I'm throwing in the towel for good. Thanks again for the awesome variety of questions. There were many more I'd like to have gotten to if I had unlimited time. You guys rule -- this was way more fun than I expected!