Why Are These Streets So Narrow? Walkability!

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Why Are These Streets So Narrow?  Walkability!

You may have noticed a trend in newer neighborhoods lately.  When there are cars parked along a 2-way street, and you are driving, there doesn't seem to be enough room for a car to pass by coming from the other direction.  In fact, if you do encounter another car, one of you may need to stop to let the other pass before you continue...

What's the deal?

Believe it or not, this is on purpose.  It forces the traffic to slow down, thereby putting the focus back on pedestrians and cyclists.

Walking to lunchThis feature is referred to as "walkability", and it is becoming a more and more desirable feature for home buyers.  From "Milennials" to "Boomers", people want to live in areas where they can walk to shops, restaurants and cafes.  They want to walk out their front door and be a part of the action.

This is meant to make the area more economically vibrant and it seems to be working.  Areas with higher walk scores are getting the highest prices. 

Fancy that!  There is even a cool website that scores cities and neighborhoods based on their walkability.  

What's your area's walkability?

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Kathy Streib
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Jennifer- good point.  I remember my neighborhood street.... there was enough room to park cars on both sides and still have room for 2 cars to drive through.  Maybe this narrowing of streets in neighborhoods might force people to slow down for our kids and people on bicycles. 

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Aug 29, 2013 01:34 AM #1
Rainer
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Merline D Pennant - New homes, Short Sales and Pre-foreclosures
Regal Realty of the Treasure Coast LLC - Port St Lucie, FL
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Jennifer that is a great piece of information. I grew up in London England and our streets are far more narrow than here in the US. Yes many of us walked. Yes we walked to the shops, bank, library. It was natural for us to walk.
Aug 29, 2013 01:43 AM #2
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Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Kathy- That's the idea!  Thanks for the B-tude feature!! :)

Aug 29, 2013 01:44 AM #3
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Jennifer Prestwich
Henderson, Thornton, Broomfield and Westminster - Henderson, CO
Madison & Co Properties

Merline- I was missing being able to walk everywhere until I moved recently.  I grew up in farmland, so there wasn't much walking being done, but I went to school in Boulder and I walked everywhere!

Aug 29, 2013 01:46 AM #4
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Phil Stevenson, CRMP
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Jennifer, didn't know this was happening but it's great to know. Walking is not a big part of the culture in South Florida but cycling is, so hopefully this makes it a whole lot safer.

Aug 29, 2013 02:13 AM #5
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Steven Cook
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Jennifer -- very interesting scoring model, when checking Tacoma, as one section of town which isn't very walkable, gets a high score.  Also checked town I work in, and it is right about sections that are walkable, but in both cases, doesn't take into account much for bicycling.

Aug 29, 2013 05:58 AM #6
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Jennifer Prestwich
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Phil- True- South Florida is not ideal for walking - especially in the summer heat - but I do see many people riding bikes.  My dad lives there and they only have one car, which they seldom use except to go golfing or get groceries!

Steven- It is an interesting website.  I agree that it doesn't quite take cycling into account as much as walking... Maybe they'll come up with a CycleScore? That would be cool!

Aug 29, 2013 06:08 AM #7
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