Thursday, March 6, 2014

What Makes a Neighborhood Walkable

What makes a neighborhood walkable?

A centre: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it's a main street or a public space.
People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit. More at: What Makes a Neighborhood Walkable Jane Jacobs wrote about the importance of these walkability factors -- density, mixed use -- in The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Is your neighbourhood walkable? HT @janeswalk

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