Blaming walkability for raising rents is wrong thinking. If we don’t improve our cities with walkability, does it help the poor? Do the poor benefit from more cars on the street, and fewer buses to ride?
Agreed, that rents go up when the community improves. That’s supply and demand. I don’t know the best way to fix that, but I sure don’t want to “fix” it by making the city less livable. Perhaps the developers need to step up and pay the taxes, or pay for the parks.