And to be honest I prefer it that way. But such proximity brings a different element the former does not have. Imagine walking to your ground having to pass your rival's stadium. Perhaps they are the more successful club, and purposely flaunt their trophies and accolades for all to see, especially their struggling neighbor. Imagine gameday when both teams host matches. Sub-consciously, each club and their supporters would hate to face the specter of losing when the other wins. The following work week would be hell!
Such proximity breeds more bitterness and resentment between the supporters - not the hatred and fundamental loathing rival supporters of different social classes would exhibit.
It's a tough way to live as a supporter, but fascinating nonetheless. Here are the world's closest venues:
Dundee United's Tannadine Park (top) and Dundee FC's Dens Park
Notts County's Meadow Lane (top) and Nottingham Forest's City Ground
Liverpool's Anfield Road (top) and Everton's Goodison Park
Partizan Belgrade's Partizan Stadium (top) and Red Star Belgrade's Crvena Zvezda aka the Marakana
Sporting Lisbon's Estádio José Alvalade (top right) and Benfica's Estádio da Luz