Walkability on the rise in US metro areas

 

According to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead report, by the George Washington School of Business the trend towards increasing walkable urban spaces is affecting all the major American metro areas, including smaller ones like Phoenix and Tampa. The report examines the walkable urbanism in 30 of the largest metropolitan areas, as well as their projected growth and social equity performance. The study highlights the correlation between walkable urbanism, education and income levels, finding that “metros with the highest levels of walkable urbanism are also the most educated and wealthy (as measured by GDP per capita)—and, surprisingly, the most socially equitable.” The metro regions with the largest walkable urban real estate are New York City, Denver, Boston, Washington D.C., the San Francisco Bay Area, and Chicago.

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