Report Ranks Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metropolitan Areas

A new report authored by Chris Leinberger and Patrick Lynch, called "Foot Traffic Ahead," ranks walkable urban places (or "WalkUPs") around the country.

June 18, 2014, 5:00 AM PDT

By James Brasuell @CasualBrasuell


Walkable DC

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A Smart Growth America press release summarizes the "Foot Traffic Ahead" findings along with its institutional support: "Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide, but certain metro regions are progressing faster than others, according to a new report released today by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a program of Smart Growth America."

The report is an updated version of a 2007 survey by the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, which compared the economic performance of metropolitan areas’ walkable urban places to their drivable suburban counterparts.

Also from the press release: "While metro areas like Washington, DC, New York City, Boston, the San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago ranked among the top current areas for walkable urbanism, the report found that other cities including Miami, Atlanta and Detroit are well positioned for future growth of walkable places given current efforts in those the communities."

For a sample of how the news of the study was handled around the country, from Los Angeles to Baltimore to Dallas, peruse the "Related Links" below.

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