Category Archives: sustainable growth

Atlanta named 8th most Walkable City

We’ve been discussing walkability for some time here at homesinatlanta.  Atlanta has been the poster child for years when it came to sprawl and neighborhoods designed for driving and not walking.  But over the last ten years we’ve seen a sea change in walkable developments.  It’s the buzz word around all of Atlanta.  And now new research shows how that has changed Atlanta.  We’re now ranked the 8th most walkable city.  This sutdy looks at how many neighborhood mix living/working/shopping all in a walkable distance.   It’s not just Atlanta that is developing walkable areas.  Acworth and Marietta have both developed great city centers which are walkable.  Here’s a link to the full study that you can read.

http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/locus/foot-traffic-ahead/

Atlanta Ranked 20th Most Walkable City

walkingOkay, 20th best may not sound great but if you know Atlanta then you know we’ve improved a great deal.  Atlanta has been the poster child for sprawl and a city that depends on the car.  But now we’re plowing ahead with more bike lanes, The Beltline and new zoning to encourage more walking and biking.  Atlanta’s ranking comes from a great web site, www.walkscore.com which ranks neighborhoods on walk-ability.  Atlanta might seem like it’s not very ‘walk friendly’ but some areas like downtown Midtown and Virginia Highland have made great strides.  Even some of our suburbs, like Lawrenceville and Roswell are trying to create downtown/village areas that are suitable for walking.  And it’s not just about going green.  Young people drive a great deal less than they did just 20 years ago and these young people are demanding communities that aren’t so dependent on automobiles.  Also, baby boomers that are retiring are seeking urban areas where they won’t have to drive so much (or at all).   It’s good for our physical health and our economic health and it’s good to see Atlanta moving in the right direction.

Urban and Suburban Growth by the numbers

We’ve written before how the latest population trends have more people moving into cities.  The urban areas are seeing the most growth with the closest suburban counties are getting less and exurban counties are seeing very little to no growth.  Now the Brookings Institute and Atlantic Cities have a handy graph showing the numbers across the U.S.   We’re most interested in Atlanta, of course which shows a 2.4% increase in the city versus a 1.1% growth rate in the suburbs.