Recession Success Story: Walkable Commercial Areas
"Neighborhood walkability has been a huge asset for commercial landlords during the recovery from the 2008 recession," reports Matthew Yglesias using a dataset from Moody's and Real Capital Analytics that breaks down commercial real estate prices by WalkScore.
From an infographic created for the dataset, Yglesias produces the following conclusion: "whether it's in suburbs or in central business districts, prices have rebounded from the recession much more strongly in walkable areas than in car-dependent ones…"
As for why that might be, Yglesias argues that car-based retail has suffered the impacts of online retail services like Amazon. "Bars, restaurants, and homey shops that don't compete directly with Amazon work better in walkable areas."