Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America's Largest Metros 2016

This study determined the geographic locations and size of regionally significant walkable urban places (WalkUPs) in the country’s 30 largest metropolitan areas. Each is ranked from greatest to least percentage of occupied walkable urban development by square footage of office, retail, and multi-family rental real estate products. The authors then evaluated these WalkUPs compared to the rest of the metro area on economic and social equity metrics. This research shows that metros with the highest levels of walkable urbanism are also the most educated and wealthy (as measured by gross domestic product (GDP) per capita)— and, surprisingly, the most socially equitable. These rankings update findings from a 2007 Brookings Institution report and the first George Washington University Foot Traffic Ahead report published in 2014. Many methodological adjustments have been made since 2007, as well as minor database differences between 2014 and 2016. The major methodology changes in this report are the addition of (1) multi-family rental, one of the most robust products developed during this real estate cycle, and (2) social equity, which addresses one of the major real estate and urban issues of the time. However, there are general similarities in the methodologies for the 2014 and 2016 publications, which indicate accelerating market and social trends toward increased walkable urbanism.


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  • Media Type: Digital/other
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 40p

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  • Accession Number: 01612465
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 22 2016 9:14AM