For the decade and a half that I lived, mostly car-free, in Boston as an adult, the number one weekly chore that I dreaded was schlepping heavy essentials home from the store by foot, subway, or (when the snow was thigh deep) splurging on a taxi or ZipCar. Laundry detergent, dog food, and 2-liters of soda water were relegated to a pro/con equation of actual need versus relative sweat equity or Seinfeld-level griping — an algorithm any urbanite knows well. Now, at least in five major cities, Target wants to ease our literal burden. But carrying them up to your fourth-floor walkup is still up to you, sorry.
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