Wow. I thought Mormons were bad. I live in a city where the nearest decent grocery store is about a 15, maybe 20 minute drive. Yet I can walk to the nearest church.
It's such a waste. I know they have multiple meetings in one church, but maybe they could at least build UP for once, eh? Instead of clogging a beautiful landscape with these beasts. LDS churches aren't pretty. (The temples are nice, but they're also a monumental waste of money... )
Wow, and I thought my hometown was bad. Evergreen Park was nicknamed "The City of Churces", or at least that's what my mom told me. I mean, my even my elementary school was in between Mother McAuley and Saint Xavier University (plus at least 3 more religion-based schools within half a mile). In my little quadrant (Evergreen Park is ofter considered to be broken into 4 parts based on the grade schools) there were at least six churches. Although it may be that most of the churches were in my area as I never really paid attention to what was around me outside of my littler corner and what I passed on the way to school.
Not many, but the one I can think of is awesome. The building that use to house the divinity school at the University of Chicago now serves as home for the Economics department. It has to be somebody's idea of a sick joke - takes the phrase "faith-based economics" to a whole new level.
Let's not forget about the quality of churches as well. I remember when churches were just small, old, and outdated and everyone was just fine with that. Now we have these mega churches with tons of wasted space, extra fancy decor and (I'm seeing a lot of this) tall towers with crosses on then either attached or separate. Is that really necessary? These towers costs thousands of dollars they could be giving away to charities. Well, I guess since they are tax exempt it doesn't really matter right?
They built a mega church not far from my parents house a few years back, it fits 5,000 people for their services... It looks like a mall. I went inside one day to look at it... and it was pretty ridicules. The cost of their palm trees in the parking lot and driveway alone had to break $250k.
We have 18 within a 30 minute walk from our home; there may be some that I may have missed. This includes those store front types all the way to mega churches. A few here have indoor swimming pools, restaurants, gyms, game rooms, and at least one has a salon. Supposedly a couple also gives away weddings with all the trimmings. I work from home so cannot give the amount on the way to work.