NYC has the highest number of walkable places in the nation, but per capita [density] it is second to Washington DC. NYC is number 10 among major cities.
HT to CommuterPage. A new report released by Brookings Institute ranks the entire Washington D.C. region as number #1 place with the most walkable places among major urban cities on a per capita basis. One for every 264,000 people.
"A couple years ago the American Podiatric Medical Association named Arlington #1 on its list of Top 10 Best U.S. Walking Cities. Today we learned on WTOP (Washington Leads Metro Areas in Walkability, December 4, 2007) and on CNN.com (Metropolitan Areas Ranked on Walkability, December 4, 2007) that the entire Washington D.C. area ranks #1 on walkability. A report released today by the Brookings Institution ranks the Washington region first among the country's major metropolitan areas in the number of "walkable places" per capita, thanks to changes in just the past 15 years."
Washington DC region has increased the number of walkable places from 2 (Georgetown and Alexandria) twenty years ago to 20! It has also '10 regional serving walkable urban places' that could reach its fullest potential the next five years. The success because of 1/ Metro system, and 2/ TOD zoning.
This is a kicker. In terms of per capita, Midtown Manhattan weighs the same as Reston Town Center, which has 1/30 of the office, residential, hotels and retail space? Interesting. This should make the people who live around Reston happy.
The top 10 walkable cities:
- Washington DC
- San Fransisco
- New York