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Walk Columbus?

by Maureen McCabe on December 9, 2007

Columbus is not walkable according to a study just published by the Brookings Institution. As one of the Top 30 US Metropolitan areas Columbus was ranked 19th according to an article in Columbus Business First. “Columbus near bottom of walkability survey” which says the Short North is the only walkable neighborhood in Columbus.

Columbus did better than Cincinnati and Cleveland which are 28th and 29th on the list of US cities.

Here’s a link to the info on the Brookings Institution site:

Footloose and Fancy Free: A Field Survey of Walkable Urban Places in the Top 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas

Christopher B. Leinberger the author of the study is also the author of a just published book on the subject:

The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream, the publishers write up says:

“Americans are voting with their feet to abandon strip malls and suburban sprawl, embracing instead a new type of community where they can live, work, shop, and play within easy walking distance. In The Option of Urbanism visionary developer and strategist Christopher B. Leinberger explains why government policies have tilted the playing field toward one form of development over the last sixty years: the drivable suburb. Rooted in the driving forces of the economy-car manufacturing and the oil industry-this type of growth has fostered the decline of community, contributed to urban decay, increased greenhouse gas emissions, and contributed to the rise in obesity and asthma.”

Copyright 2007 Discover Columbus and Maureen McCabe

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Above was originally posted on Discover Columbus, my RealTown blog  on December 9, 2007.

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