The Movement is Afoot



As stated in  this article by Smart Growth America for the first time in 60 years walkable urban places (and yes, there is a short form, they are called “WALK UPs) are gaining market share value over drivable suburban competition.

Imagine-there is a correlation between the  619 urban walkable places in 30 of the largest American cities and the fact that the residents there are the most educated, wealthy and most socially equitable. The six most walkable metropolitan areas are New York City, Washington D.C., Boston,  Chicago, San Francisco, and Seattle.

Walkable urban offices, retail and rental multi-family housing have a 74 per cent rental premium over drivable suburban locations.

This is good news for Metropolitan Vancouver that has had a regional growth policy of supporting city centres and transit throughout the region.  The trend to create walkable urban places is in tune with many of the municipalities’ policy directions, as in the case of the walkable  City of Surrey new town centre.

The full report  of Foot Traffic Ahead 2016 is available in a downloadable version here.



Published by Sandy James Planner

Vancouverite! City planner, writer, former master gardener, perpetual public space champion. I'm interested in pace, space and place. Micromobility and accessibility, best environments for free range kids. She/her. Dogs. I really walk a lot. Editor~ Viewpoint Vancouver Urbanism/Insight/Evolution Managing Director of Walk Metro Vancouver, www.walkmetrovan. Twitter: @sandyjamesplan My current writing:

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