Boxer's Trail East Fairmount Park

Register For Our 4th Annual Mindfulness Walk On 10/23

Join Feet First Philly on a guided mindfulness walk along the historic Boxer's Trail in East Fairmount Park. Susan Barr-Toman, local author, teacher, and avid walker, will guide us on a meditative walk. Mindfulness brings meditation techniques to our everyday experiences; allowing us to be more fully present in the moment, in touch with our … Continue reading Register For Our 4th Annual Mindfulness Walk On 10/23

Must cities choose between walking and driving?

According to a survey of CEO's and other business leaders in Washington, D.C., 99% want to ease traffic flow between the city and suburbs.  However, 89% said that they would like to see walkable communities where amenities are located near residential districts. Struggle to balance these interests in the city's transportation plan.  As the Greater … Continue reading Must cities choose between walking and driving?

Science shows urban density promotes social interaction

It's no secret that dense, urban neighborhoods promote walkability, but now a scientific study shows even more benefits of density.  Researchers at the University of Utah created a model to simulate social interaction based on possible live and work locations.  What they found should come as no surprise: characteristics of urban sprawl, especially decentralization, significantly … Continue reading Science shows urban density promotes social interaction

Article: Washington, D.C. school performance and walkability

As part of an open data initiative, members of the Code for DC Brigade found a correlation between higher public school performance and walkability.  It is also known that walkability and access to transit increase real estate values.  What does this say about DC schools, or about walkable neighborhoods, for that matter?    In an … Continue reading Article: Washington, D.C. school performance and walkability

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Oklahoma City mayor: “We have to start building this city for people”

When Oklahoma City was ranked the second-fattest city in America in 2009, Mayor Mick Cornett examined the problem and declared that the city's car-oriented design and unfriendly streets were at fault.  Pedestrian-unfriendly design was detracting from the city's livability, which also meant that it contributed to the outmigration of young, intelligent workers - often known … Continue reading Oklahoma City mayor: “We have to start building this city for people”

“Trick-or-treat test” another great way to measure walkability

There are a number of ways to measure walkability--we've talked about Walk Score and Walk Appeal before--but none is more fitting for this time of year than the "trick-or-treat" test. Like the popsicle test, the trick-or-treat test uses the walking behavior of children to assess how walkable a neighborhood is.  In a blog post for … Continue reading “Trick-or-treat test” another great way to measure walkability

Alexandria, VA, a walkable community outside of Washington, DC

Article: Walkability is important to home buyers

It's no secret that people like walkable neighborhoods.  There are a number of recent surveys, articles, and research studies that contribute to the growing body of evidence for this preference.  As reported in this Good Magazine article, a survey conducted by the National Association of Realtors found that factors that contribute to walkability have become … Continue reading Article: Walkability is important to home buyers