When I am contacted by potential Buyers or renters looking to live in Midtown Atlanta or other Intown Atlanta neighborhoods, I’m often asked, “Is it a walkable area?” Well, exactly What Makes a Community Walkable?
While various factors come into play, here are some key points about walkability and how it makes a neighborhood better, safer and improves the quality of life:
Lower Transportation costs —
In a walkable community, your car is parked more and driven less. Fewer car trips mean a lower monthly fuel cost.
Healthy Lifestyle —
By living in a neighborhood that is walkable, you tend to get more exercise and be in better health. The air can be cleaner too. So that trip to the pasta restaurant is no so bad, because you burn some of it off on the walk back home!
Less Traffic Congestion —
One-fourth of all car trips are less than one mile. (I’d say it’s probably MUCH higher in the Atlanta area) If you have sidewalks, safe street/road crossings and accessible services like shopping, markets and such, you can leave you car and wak to do these activities.
Reduced Crime —
A neighborhood that has more street/foot traffic means there are more eyes on the street. People watch out for each other and have more of a tendency to know their neighbors. Even if you live in a high-rise condominium building, by walking in and out of your building and up and down the streets, you start to see people that live in your building or neighboring buildings.
A great website to help you learn about the walkability of a neighborhood is WalkScore.com This site, gives Midtown Atlanta a score of 75 out of 100, making it a very walkable community.
While living in an Intown Atlanta neighborhood can reduce your driving, many of the older neighborhoods are walkable from the sense of walking your neighborhood, but needed services like shopping and markets require a car. Midtown Atlanta offers many of the services it residents need and as more retail opens in the coming years, it will be even more walkable that it already is.
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