Red or Blue, States Demand Walkable Urbanism

A new study by the Sonoran Institute finds unmet demand for walkable neighborhoods in the western American states of Idaho, Montana and Colorado. In these states, houses in walkable areas sell for markedly more than in sprawling areas.
June 27, 2013, 5am PDT | Jonathan Nettler | @nettsj
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"People in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado want to live in walkable places. That’s the finding of a recent housing market study by Sonoran Institute, a group that supports conservation and community development in the American West," reports Angie Schmitt. "The increasing preference for walkability and mixed-use development among Americans has been well documented, and this study shows it’s not isolated to major urban areas on the coasts."

"The study also included a survey portion," she adds. "Among those surveyed, 90 percent said it was important to live in a place where they could walk to other destinations in the community, like schools, parks, and shops. Moreover, 62 percent said they would be willing to trade some lot size at home for access to parks, trails, and recreation."


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Published on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 in DC.Streetsblog
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