Tuesday, December 04, 2007

These Boots Are Made for Walkin'

The Brookings Institution has ranked the country's cities by walkability. The full report is called "Footloose and Fancy Free: A Field Survey of Walkable Urban Places in the Top 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas"

Christopher B. Leinberger, a real estate developer and visiting fellow at Brookings, set out to quantify the walkability trend by counting the number of "regional-serving walkable urban places" in each of the 30 biggest metropolitan areas in the country.

"Regional-serving" means the place is not just a bedroom community, but has jobs, retail or cultural institutions that bring in people who don't live there.

Pennsylvania's two largest cities made the list. Pittsburgh is #9; Philadelphia gets unlucky #13.

(Source: AP. "Metropolitan areas ranked for walkability," found on CNN site.


ACM said...

funny! when I was at a Great Expectations forum, "walkability" was one of the things most folks seemed to love about the city. perhaps that's too limited to certain neighborhoods...

AboveAvgJane said...

This week I heard two women talking in a train station. One said that we had gotten into the habit of going somewhere to walk but out of the habit of walking to get somewhere. It's a good point and seems to be where "walkability" comes in. pjhukdt