We hear a lot about “walkability” these days, and certainly Doug and I are promoting Walkable communities. Just what does this mean exactly, and why do we care?
Dan Burden, of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, has been promoting walkable communities for decades. So let’s hear directly from the expert.
As Dan stated, a walkable community has healthier residents, lower rates of obesity, is more prosperous, has higher property values, and is more sustainable than non-walkable neighborhoods.
Jacksonville, due to its large size, is considered one of the least walkable cities in the nation according to WalkScore. However, we can make a difference, community by community. The urban core and surrounding urban neighborhoods are already working toward this goal. Suburban communities can do the same by creating pockets of walkable mixed use districts.
A healthier Jacksonville begins with healthier communities within Jacksonville.