Monday’s Headlines Are Going for a Walk

  • People want to live in walkable neighborhoods so badly that they’ll pay a 35 percent premium to buy property and 41 percent more to rent. That’s because walkable neighborhoods are so scarce. (Slate)
  • The U.S. DOT’s new “Safe Streets and Roads for All” grant program will fund Vision Zero plans in places where more than half of Americans live. (Streetsblog USA)
  • With stimulus funds running out and ridership still down from before the pandemic, transit agencies that rely on fares are struggling more than those that don’t. (Smart Cities Dive)
  • Lyft is coming out with a new generation of docked e-scooters. (Tech Crunch)
  • Utah Transit will be fare-free for 10 days centering around the NBA All-Star Game Feb. 19, and Gov. Spencer Cox is proposing $25 million in funding for a year-long fare-free pilot program. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  • Oregon developers are building more homes now that the state has eased regulations requiring a certain amount of parking. (Sightline)
  • Iowa is taxing kilowatt-hours to replace road maintenance funds lost as gas tax revenue declines. (Grist)
  • Las Vegas adopted a Vision Zero plan aiming to eliminate pedestrian deaths by 2050. (3 News)
  • Charlotte is looking to Jersey City, which successfully eliminated traffic deaths last year, as inspiration for its Vision Zero program. (WCNC)
  • Supporters of rail on the Atlanta Beltline are firing back after a Georgia Tech professor penned a column poo-pooing the idea (Urbanize Atlanta). Meanwhile, Mayor Andre Dickens says he supports extending the streetcar to the Beltline, but isn’t taking a stance on the Clifton Corridor light rail vs. bus rapid transit debate (AJC).
  • Boston Mayor Michelle Wu is offering to pay for two-thirds of city employees’ transit passes. (Herald)
  • Houston Chronicle readers submit their nominations for the city’s worst sidewalks.
  • Yes, The Federalist, we are coming for your big, scary, polluting, dangerous trucks.


Study: Kids Who Live in Walkable Neighborhoods Get More Exercise

A study published this month in the American Journal of Preventive Health finds that children who live in walkable places — “smart growth neighborhoods,” to use the authors’ phrase — get significantly more exercise than their peers who live in suburban environments designed for driving. Researchers from UC Berkeley monitored the activity of 59 children […]

Housing Market Study: Idahoans Demanding Walkable Urbanism

People in Idaho, Montana, and Colorado want to live in walkable places. That’s the finding of a recent housing market study by Sonoran Institute, a group that supports conservation and community development in the American West. The institute examined thousands of home sales around six cities in those three states since 2009. Only about 16 […]
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The Real Reason Red America Loves Cars

Republican-leaning voters may be more likely than Democrats to trade a walkable community for a large home, a new poll finds — but that result may say more about car culture's stranglehold on the American imagination than how either group really wants to live.

USA Today: Homebuilders Pass On Garages, Build Front Porches

USA Today reported today that more and more homes are being built without garages or carports. That stands to reason, as developers are (belatedly) building what the market wants: denser housing in walkable urban centers near transit. Copious parking and driveway curb cuts simply don’t mesh with that model. At the peak of the housing […]