Arlington, VA is one of the most walkable communities? Apparently, it is.
LA might be one of the least walkable cities in the US. That’s my impression, anyway. This is a very ambitious plan to fix that, and I wish them well. It will be costly!
I sent a note to the author:
I enjoyed reading your article about walking instead of driving. The movement to walkable communities and ditching our cars is gaining speed, and I welcome it.
There are two major problems with others and myself moving “downtown.”
The first is cost. A place where I can walk to work, and the grocery store is often wildly expensive to rent or buy. EVERYONE wants to live there, and thus the demand is high.
The second is noise. Virtually every apartment I’ve lived in is noisy. Hearing my neighbors stereo, TV, dog barking, disposal make living in such a place unpleasant. There are exceptions, and some get lucky by having quiet neighbors.
I’ve got no suggestion for solving the first problem, but the second can be solved by beefing up the building codes right along with zoning rules.
Regardless, the millennials are choosing jobs based on walkability. People getting ready to retire are doing the same. Cities not designed for walking will suffer if they don’t fix the problem.
It’s not just the millennials who are tired of wasting time in cars.
This article is well worth reading, as it points to where we’re all headed in the US.
I say bring it on!
This is a good site to use for determining how “walkable” a community is.
This video addresses one of the biggest problems with making our lives more walkable; what to do with existing suburbia.
This Detroit area community is looking at reducing lanes on an interstate highway, to accommodate walkability. That is encouraging.
Potentially interesting article related to zoning and walkability.
This the web site for an organization that’s trying to fix the huge traffic problem in the D.C. area.
There’s no parking at the new Tyson’s Corner metro stop.