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Thursday, November 15, 2007

Where almost everyone walks

Posted By on 11.15.07 at 07:21 AM

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Many of us, and most city planners, love the idea of walking to work. But where is it actually happening? Check out this site for data geeks, city-data.com (h/t Sam Smith). 

There are three towns in the US of over 5,000 people where more than half of the people walk to work: West Point NY (58%), Air Force Academy CO (56%), and Fort Gordon GA (53%).

The top three walking towns over 10,000 population: Storrs CT (45%), Amherst Center MA (42%), and Ithaca NY (41%).

In Illinois: North Chicago (27%).

Are college campuses and military bases the wave of the future -- or a signal of the difficulties of encouraging this lifestyle among the general population? I'm not sure they're everybody's cup of tea, but I can think of worse models. 

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