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

This report, conducted by The George Washington University’s Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a coalition of Smart Growth America, identifies each metro’s WalkUPs (walkable urban places) and ranks the top 30 U.S. metropolitan areas. Foot Traffic Ahead examines what percent of a metro area’s office and retail space is collected in walkable places, shows the connection between walkable places, education levels and regional wealth, and explores a market trend that indicates the end of sprawl among the highest ranked metros. Additionally, a series of forward-looking metrics examine the future development patterns in the 30 metro areas to predict how walkable or how sprawling their future development is likely to be.

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