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Walkable Cities Are Better By Almost Any Metric: Here Are The Best In The U.S.

Walkable Cities Are Better By Almost Any Metric: Here Are The Best In The U.S.

Driven to poverty - Time to rethink our dependence on personal autos. Not good for overall economic vitality

Driven to poverty - Time to rethink our dependence on personal autos. Not good for overall economic vitality

We often blog on the benefits of nature integrated into urbanism and wellbeing outcomes of walkability. The real trifecta is when walkable urbanism, human-scale architecture, and nature come togeth...

We often blog on the benefits of nature integrated into urbanism and wellbeing outcomes of walkability. The real trifecta is when walkable urbanism, human-scale architecture, and nature come togeth...

Places that Pay: Financial Benefits of the Traditional Neighborhood Model (walkable, bikable, transit-oriented, medium high  to high density development) - I don't like that they call said Placemaking, that doesn't sum it up.

Places that Pay: Financial Benefits of the Traditional Neighborhood Model (walkable, bikable, transit-oriented, medium high to high density development) - I don't like that they call said Placemaking, that doesn't sum it up.

In a human-scale environment like this, we can save a lot of money.  At a government level; we do not need to pay for the upkeep of such wide roads.  At a business level; if the majority of our customers choose to walk, we also do not need to provide massive parking lots.  At an individual level; if we live there and can do most of our daily needs on foot, we do not need to own a car (or a second car).  That means everyone has more money to enjoy on everything else in life.

In a human-scale environment like this, we can save a lot of money. At a government level; we do not need to pay for the upkeep of such wide roads. At a business level; if the majority of our customers choose to walk, we also do not need to provide massive parking lots. At an individual level; if we live there and can do most of our daily needs on foot, we do not need to own a car (or a second car). That means everyone has more money to enjoy on everything else in life.

Millennials are driving less than previous generations.  The future of driving is changing.  Commuter rail on the upswing.

Millennials are driving less than previous generations. The future of driving is changing. Commuter rail on the upswing.

How to Nurture and Strengthen Our Urban Commons | Because we need to improve our parks and plazas if young people are to remain committed to city living and walkable suburban commons.  (PHOTO: MAPEI/FLICKR) October 31, 2013 • By Kaid Benfield •

How to Nurture and Strengthen Our Urban Commons | Because we need to improve our parks and plazas if young people are to remain committed to city living and walkable suburban commons. (PHOTO: MAPEI/FLICKR) October 31, 2013 • By Kaid Benfield •

Younger generations seem to have less interest in automotive use, making apartment living in dense, walkable and transit-oriented urban areas a more natural fit for their lifestyles.

Younger generations seem to have less interest in automotive use, making apartment living in dense, walkable and transit-oriented urban areas a more natural fit for their lifestyles.

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