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Walkability improves home value

September 15, 2009
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A recent study by CEOs for Cities entitled “Walking the Walk” demonstrates that:

More than just a pleasant amenity, the walkability of cities translates directly into increases in home values. Homes located in more walkable neighborhoods—those with a mix of common daily shopping and social destinations within a short distance—command a price premium over otherwise similar homes in less walkable areas. Houses with the above-average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability in the typical metropolitan areas studied….

This research makes it clear that walkability is strongly associated with higher housing values in nearly all metropolitan areas. The choice, convenience and variety of walkable neighborhoods are reflected in housing markets and are the product of consumer demand for these attributes. The nation’s urban leaders should pay close attention to walkability as a key measure of urban vitality and as impetus for public policy that will increase overall property values – a key source of individual wealth and of revenues for cash-strapped governments in a tough economy.

This further shows how everyone in Burien benefits when our city becomes more walkable, not just those who will directly use the pedestrian and bicycle facilities created by the Transportation Benefit District.  Walkable communities are livable, sustainable, desirable communities!

Hat tip to City Parks Blog.


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Blog post on Transportation Choices Coalition’s blog

September 15, 2009
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Thanks to TCC for letting us write a guest post on their excellent blog!

The post is titled Creating Safer and Healthier Suburbs, Starting in Burien.  As you might expect, the focus is on the importance of this specific project towards getting more and better transportation options all over the Puget Sound region.  Check it out!


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Seattle residents feel unsafe walking

September 15, 2009
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This story is from outside Burien but illustrates that keeping pedestrians safe is a region-wide challenge.  I count myself among those who have been nearly hit by inattentive drivers.

Half of Seattle residents think the city is safe for pedestrians, despite almost four in 10 who say they’ve had a near miss with a car while walking, according to a survey by the Seattle Department of Transportation….

SDOT officials say the results should help establish a baseline for the city’s Pedestrian Safety Master Plan, which aims to improve Seattle’s walkability, reduce car-vs-pedestrian collisions and design safer, more pedestrian-friendly streets in neighborhoods. Council members also took input on the master plan Tuesday.


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