Pedestrians and their environments

Sidewalk cafes: Silver bullets of walkable places

When someone walks along a street, they’re gone in a moment. But when they sit down to a meal, they might be there for an hour or more. Because of this, the sidewalk cafe is the most powerful tool to enhance people’s desire to walk in a place.

Walkability is about the experience

The Surgeon General points out that design and land use are critical components to increasing walkability, but leaves it up to all of us to define what walkability means at home.

Walk Appeal and public health

Do you want food that is merely edible? How about a cup of coffee that is just drinkable? What we need isn’t places that are solely walkable, but rather places with Walk Appeal.

Surgeon General’s prescription for health: Walk more

Murthy announced a national campaign to encourage Americans to walk more and make all communities safer and easier for walking. His office will partner with schools, citizens groups and businesses to meet these goals.

The problem with Walk Score

How walkscore.com labels asphalt wastelands "highly walkable."

Walking makes strides toward healthier future

People from across America gather in DC this fall to proclaim walking as human right.

Opticos is Excited to Announce Our New Missing Middle Housing Website!

MissingMiddleHousing.com is a new online resource dedicated to helping planners, architects, and builders implement a diverse range of housing types for the walkable communities of the future. Opticos Design's Daniel Parolek coined the term "Missing Middle" in 2010 to define a range of housing types that provide a solution to the mismatch between the available U.S. housing stock and shifting demographics combined with the growing demand for walkable urban living. The website features clear definitions of the types of mid-density housing that are most effective for creative walkable neighborhoods, and pin-points the market demographic that demands them. There is an extensive photo catalog and documented examples from around the country with illustrations and tables.

Bringing new life to Old Town

Old Town Burleson, Texas, has many opportunities for placemaking and new pedestrian-oriented development that could enhance the identity of the suburb 10 miles south of Fort Worth, according to a new urban team led by Mithun|Solomon.

Miami's Walk Score rises—could form-based coding be the reason?

New York City clearly outpaced San Francisco as the nation's most walkable city—which is even more impressive when you consider that The Big Apple has about 10 times more people than The City by the Bay.

The Last Great Walk

The True Story of a 1909 Walk from New York to San Francisco, and Why It Matters Today—A review of a book by Wayne Curtis.

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