We assume millennials prefer walkability and urban living for all the right reasons: social cohesion and community, better access to entertainment, services, and jobs. So why do we assume that older Americans and senior citizens, who also value connectivity, community, and healthy living, wouldn’t prefer the same living arrangement?…
Tag Archives: Walkability
A missing crosswalk on Old Georgetown Road. Photo by Dan Reed. Image licensed under Creative Commons.
In 2010, Montgomery County passed the White Flint Master Plan with hopes to turn the area into a transit-oriented destination.…Read More
This event will be held rain or shine.
Will we see you tonight at 7:30 pm at the White Flint metro station? Join us for an informative and entertaining tour of the Pike District focused on what makes it easier or more difficult to walk safely and conveniently in our community.…Read More
Bethesda Magazine published a terrific story about how design and geography affect walkability. The article is titled, “Lessons Learned from Wisconsin Avenue, A tour of downtown Bethesda’s main street is eye-opening.”
There are lessons for the Pike District, too, as we share many pluses (transit, retail, new development) and minuses (traffic, Route 355, design that favors cars) with Bethesda.…Read More
Check out these easy to read infographics on walkability from RentToOwnLabs.com. (The perfect light reading for a 70 degree Friday in February.)
Last night, volunteers from Coalition for Smarter Growth and Friends of White Flint (along with your intrepid FoWF executive director) launched the exciting Pike District Pedestrian Safety Campaign by hanging dozens of signs with safety tips and ways to get involved all around the Pike District.
Walkable may be one of the most over-used adjectives in the new urbanism realm, but that does not diminish its significance. …Read More
Well, that magic pill does exist. It’s called “walkable streets.” (I’m certainly glad that we’re enhancing walkability in the White Flint area because I definitely would love to be healthier, happier, richer, more connected to people, and safer.)
Here’s a list of 50 positive effects from creating walkable communities from an article in Fast Company.…Read More
Redfin reported that the price of a home rose with every additional point on a scale of pedestrian friendliness. Nationally, one Walk Score point can increase the price of a home by just about one percent. In Washington DC that translates into an increase in price of $4,386 or 1.22 percent for every point of walkability.…Read More
According to Foot Traffic Ahead, a recent report from the George Washington University School of Business, “for perhaps the first time in 60 years, walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in all 30 of the largest metros are gaining market share over their drivable suburban competition—and showing substantially higher rental premiums.” The study also concluded there exists a 49 percent GDP per capita “premium” in the most highly walkable urban metros over the least walkable urban metros. …Read More
In an article in Market Watch yesterday, “homes near walkable, and often bikeable, trails enjoy premiums of between 5% to 10%, according to an analysis by Headwaters Economics, a research group focused on community development and land management issues.”
The article added, “What’s happening is, a little bit of the city is following people into the suburbs,” says Ed McMahon, senior resident fellow at the Urban Land Institute, a Washington, D.C.–based land and real estate research and education group.…Read More