Cities and towns that make it easier to walk are healthier places to liveThe trail system promoted by Warrenton Police Chief Robert Maxfield is one of the best ideas anyone has floated on the North Coast. As described in Friday's front page article by Sandra Swain, this network of trails would capitalize on Warrenton's proximity to the Columbia River and other nature sights. It would also be a conceptual, if not direct link to Astoria's trail system and the fort-to-sea trail of the Fort Clatsop National Memorial.

Cities and towns that make it easier for citizens to become pedestrians are healthier places to live. It sounds obvious, but many of America's newest suburbs and towns don't provide sidewalks or trails.

Warrenton can become much more than a home for big box stores. The trail system that Maxfield and his Warrenton Trails Association are promoting has that potential.

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