Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Walkable-Burgh

You may have seen the news stories about Pittsburgh being ranked as the 9th most walkable. You can read the entire Brookings report online: Footloose and Fancy Free: A Field Survey of Walkable Urban Places in the Top 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas.

And that was all with data before the Hot Metal bike/pedestrian bridge was completed. Subtle huh? See the comments on the previous post for some of the reaction to the idea I posted for (re)naming at least part of the span.

2 Comments:

Blogger Adam said...

That just might be the lamest report ever put out with the Brookings name.
1) Based on the "experiences and observations" of the author? Plus "web-based searches"!
2) A dubious distinction between regional-serving and local-serving areas?
3)Typos like "Silver Springs" and "Sommerville" and "Manyunk"?
4) Inconsistency in labeling areas as "downtown" vs. "downtown adjacent"?

#2 also seems like a pointless distinction unless you are surveying "most walkable cities" for tourists or convention-goers rather than trying to come up with some reasonable measure of how much the average person living in a metro area is likely to be able to do much of their daily business on foot.

But of course I take pride in living in the most walkable city in Pennsylvania.

And I love the idea that we have a "starter" rail system. Does that mean we get to trade it in for a bigger one in a few years?

And at least he does acknowledge that some more "rigorous, systematic" research needs to be done.

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