Richard Florida Examines Walkscore's Top Ten Cities

Richard Florida digests Walkscore's Walkability rankings, and discusses some surprising results. Among the top ten are Union City, New Jersey, and Miami, Florida.
October 13, 2011, 2pm PDT | George Haugh
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Florida looks for relationships between the Walkscore results and his own collection of key economic and demographic U.S. city data. He finds that the most walkable metros were associated with more highly educated people, higher property values, greater levels of innovation and more tech companies.

Florida concludes that "Walkability is a magnet that attracts and retains highly educated and skilled people and the innovative businesses that employ them." He sees the growth of walkable cities as an ecological and financial imperative.

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Published on Thursday, October 13, 2011 in The Atlantic
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