Walkability is one of the driving forces for the changes coming to White Flint. Areas throughout the United States are already considering the need for a walkable design. In an article from Governing, Mike Maciag discusses the most walkable cities in the US and elements of these cities that make them so successful. Maciag takes his data from the most recent Census counts in the American Communities Survey (ACS) from 2012.
The figures show that cities across the US have varying commuting habits. Maciag cites that college towns and cities with high populations of residents younger than 25 “boast far greater numbers of walk commuters than other cities.” Our neighboring city, Washington D.C., is ranked number 7 with 11.9% of the population considered walk commuters. There is evidence that the millennial population in D.C. has risen in the past years. As we have mentioned before, Montgomery County is working to attract more millennials to the area. The amenities and the new transportation options coming to the White Flint area hope to capitalize on the needs and wants of the millennial generation.
Why are these cities are so walkable? Many of these cities are “reinventing their town centers and adding high-density housing developments,” allowing more residents to both live and work in close proximity to each other. Many of these cities have begun redevelopment projects that push for pedestrian and bicycle-friendly roads and sidewalks, which are evidence for the changes coming to White Flint. White Flint seeks to bring these elements to the area, and perhaps become a model walkable area one day.