Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Most Walkable Cities

The Brookings Institution has ranked America's most walkable cities. The top five are Washington, DC, Boston (some Bostonians are miffed about coming in second to DC), San Francisco, Denver, and Portland, Oregon. I'm pretty ecumenical about the DC-Boston walkability debate. They are two of my favorites cities in which to walk,and as with just about any sort of ranking like this one, it's all pretty capricious so that the difference between, say, number one and number 5 seems pretty meaningless.


g_rob said...

Interesting criteria they used. It seems to me that it might be useful to know how many pedestrians are hit and killed, maimed and injured per year in each city. San Francisco consistently ranks as one of the worst pedestrian-accident cities in the country.

dcat said...

That's a good point.

The number of truly good walking cities is pretty small. most cities have walkable areas, to be sure, but most of those walkable areas are not able to be walked between. That is the case with most every Texas city I can think of.