Walkability Makes You Healthier and Wealthier

Conrad deFiebre sums up the benefits of living in a walkable neighborhood, from improved health to improved wealth, both via higher property values and less of hard-earned dollars paid out to oil and car companies.

deFiebre cites a study showing that houses that rank highly on walkscore.com are worth more than those that don't, and that those neighborhoods also create a savings by reducing vehicle miles traveled:

"The study's author, economist Joe Cortright, said the findings suggest "that the value gains associated with walkability are greatest when people have real alternatives to living without an automobile.""

Thanks to Lynne Bly

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