Latest Walkability Stories

2008-08-19 03:00:24

By Roof, Karen Maclennan, Carol Introduction Are you involved in land use planning? Do you review applications for development? In Colorado, as in many other states, local public health agencies (LPHAs) do provide these services. When local planning departments want to know the public health impacts of a proposed project, they generally refer the development application to the LPHAs environmental health (EH) division. Typically, local EH officials limit their comments to regulatory...

2008-08-06 15:00:21

By Eyana Adah Mcmillan, The York Dispatch, Pa. Aug. 6--So, downtown York is a "walker's paradise," according to Front Seat, a Seattle-based company that runs a Web site, www.walkscore.com. With restaurants, bookstores and libraries within walking distance of each other, the downtown area scores a 97 out of 100 points, according to the Web site, which ranks the walkability of more than 2,500 American neighborhoods. "I appreciate the score, but the validity of it might not be as...

2008-08-03 12:00:17

By Michelle Dynes, Wyoming Tribune-Eagle Aug. 3--CHEYENNE -- City planning that reduces sprawl also reduces the environmental impacts of development. Smart--growth principles not only create attractive, walkable neighborhoods, but also minimize pollution and preserve natural lands. Dispersed planning encourages residents to drive instead of walk. Fewer roads decrease infrastructure costs. "We don't have the luxury to do sprawl development like we did in past decades," said Matt Ashby,...

2008-07-29 12:00:49

By Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 29--Mark Vlasic and his family weren't thinking about walkability when they moved into Salt Lake City's east Liberty Park neighborhood several years ago. But its pedestrian-friendly, tree-lined streets and proximity to work, parks and local businesses have enhanced the family's life. "We've been recreating by biking around the neighborhood. We've discovered a new way of enjoying the city that is becoming part of our family entertainment," said...

2008-07-15 03:00:21

Calls for new livable, "walkable" communities and work force housing Elise Swanson, (310) 241-0699 Bisno Development Company LLC announced today that it has launched five blogs to provide the public with easy access to information on how Bisno projects support the rapidly growing "Smart Growth" movement. A sixth blog will provide information on the Company's proposed Ponte Vista project in San Pedro, CA, which will provide the area with much needed work force housing while devoting...

2007-02-12 13:35:00

Some of a neighborhood's features -- the length of its blocks, how many grocery stores or restaurants are nearby -- may be more than selling points for real estate agents. A new study suggests such factors may work to beat back obesity in older people by increasing a neighborhood's "walkability." The findings by University of Washington and Group Health Cooperative researchers involved more than 900 elderly Group Health members living in Seattle and King County. The results could have broad...

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