In this post about walkability & lack of racial diversity and this post about walkability & higher vacancy rates, there were lots of comments that questioned the sample of 20 walkable neighborhoods. In both posts, I used the 20 most walkable neighborhoods in 20 different United States cities according to their Walkscore.com scores.
So let’s see if surveying you guys to produce a new sample of walkable neighborhoods makes a difference. If I get at least 100 responses to the survey at the bottom on this post, I’ll re-pull Census 2010 data for the neighborhoods that ya’ll think are the best examples of walkable neighborhoods in US cities. And yes, ya’ll is an actual word in Texas.
Use the definition of walkability provided by Walkscore.com below.
- A center: Walkable neighborhoods have a center, whether it’s a main street or a public space.
- People: Enough people for businesses to flourish and for public transit to run frequently.
- Mixed income, mixed use: Affordable housing located near businesses.
- Parks and public space: Plenty of public places to gather and play.
- Pedestrian design: Buildings are close to the street, parking lots are relegated to the back.
- Schools and workplaces: Close enough that most residents can walk from their homes.
- Complete streets: Streets designed for bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit.