Walking

Pedestrians and their environments

Professional Sports Team Walk Score

Walk Score is used by the real estate profession to measure the number of nearby amenities to a particular location.  This method of scoring has become a leading indicator of whether people walk. Urban Design Associates decided to apply the algorithms developed by Walk Score to professional sports facilities for MLB, NFL, NBA, and NHL and rank each team by their Walk Score. UDA also included the transit and bicycle ranking if available for those facilities. 

Suburbs of survival, and the Democracy of placemaking

"Sustainable placemaking concepts must not be limited to downtown areas. There are clear health and economic benefits from building services into suburban neighborhoods."

‘Good bones’ are the key to good urbanism

Now we have two systems—one with good bones, completed about 100 years ago. The other, without good bones, comprises most of our metro areas.

What is a livable community, anyway?

In this modern era, the idea of livable communities may be less real to many people than Santa Claus. Yet as long as love, courage, and excellence are real, so are livable communities.

As evidence mounts, drumbeat for walkable streets grows

The evidence keeps piling up to support reform in street design and traffic engineering.

High hopes for a more walkable America

Many ideas and trends are afoot to make walking easier and more accessible—leading to greater health and happiness.

Placemaking is critical for the local economy

Do you want your community to thrive in the future? If so, placemaking is a key to making that happen.

The daunting challenge of unwalkable America

National Geographic publishes a 17-nation “Greendex” on, among many other things, transit use and walking. In 2012 Americans came in dead last on both indices, by a wide margin. 

A low-cost approach to walkability

Making downtown Albuquerque, New Mexico, more walkable doesn’t have to cost a bundle, according to consultant Jeff Speck.

Twelve steps to cut pedestrian deaths

Here’s a few of practical steps to slow speeds, deter distracted driving and help make walking a safer, comfortable and enjoyable experience for everyone.

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