23 Jan '12, 3pm

Big Surprise: People Who Live Near Main Streets Three Times More Likely to Walk

Big Surprise: People Who Live Near Main Streets Three Times More Likely to Walk

Looking further, we compared actual retail sales with estimates of local retail demand for both the resident and employee populations of the area to assess whether walkable neighborhoods have commercial concentrations that serve the local population or whether those neighborhoods must also import customers from other places. We find that retail sales in the two centers with the most walking are approximately three to four times as large as what could be supported by the residents and employees in those centers, suggesting that pedestrian-oriented centers require a concentration of business activity larger than the local residents can support. Thus people must drive from outside of the neighborhood to support the commercial activity that in turn encourages local residents to walk more. Therefore, business densities that reduce driving within the neighborhood also require so...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/urban-design/big-surprise-peopl...

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