"A California survey found that, although 86% of respondents prefer single-family homes, 47% prefer a walkable, mixed use neighborhood; 49% would choose a smaller house if it provided a shorter commute; and 31% would choose a high-density neighborhood if it had convenient public transit…
He writes about the struggles of pedestrians in Akron, OH (particularly on winter streets), but his thoughts easily transcend Akron, applying to the many car-centric places in our world.
Here’s a good quote:
There is a lot of buzz in the planning community right now about walkable streets. Planners are debating whether, or to what degree, walkable cities attract young people, “talent”, etc.
But the whole debate is irrelevant. The bottom-line on walkability is that people should be able to walk easily and safely in cities. Period.