Joe Urban | Sam Newberg, Urbanist


You Might Be in a Walkable Neighborhood

Dateline: 2:25 pm April 23, 2013 Filed under:

More apologies to Jeff Foxworthy…

…If the restaurants post their menus in the window, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

Menu in Window

If streets are used for more than cars, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If you can walk for blocks without seeing a parking lot, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If you feel comfortable letting your kid walk down the street, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

Ellis Walking in DC

If there are more than 10 doors per 100 meters (300 or so feet), you might be in a walkable neighborhood (thank you Jan Gehl)

If you can get your groceries on foot, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

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If you can walk to the corner pub, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If cars slow down for people at crosswalks (regardless of the law), you might be in a walkable neighborhood

Abbey Road

If you walk out your front door find a sidewalk, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If it actually makes sense to use your front door to go anywhere, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If your child can learn to ride his/her bike on the sidewalk in front of your home, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If you are elderly and don’t need one of these to get to the grocery store, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

Stuart Co Shuttle Bus

If you can walk between stores without needing to get back in your car, you might be in walkable neighborhood (even if you drove to get there)

If you don’t necessarily need trees for shade in the summer, and buildings are tall enough and close enough to the sidewalk to do the trick, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If it is actually easier to walk than drive, you are most likely in a walkable neighborhood

If the distance across the street is less than the length of the left turn lane, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If the sidewalk is wider than the adjacent lane of traffic, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

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If you stand in the street and see more pedestrians than moving vehicles, you might be in a walkable neighborhood (thank you Gordon Price)

If the buildings are taller than the street is wide, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If you don’t need to step back away from the building and crane your neck to read the sign for the store, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If even the blank wall along the sidewalk is scaled well and pleasant to walk past, you might be in a walkable neighborhood025

If there is anything pleasant to look at from your sidewalk café table, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If you can take a walk and see something new every time, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

If you have a big smile on your face, just strolling around, and you don’t know why and you don’t really care, you might be in a walkable neighborhood

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