Report: Walkable communities may have positive effect on health, home prices


Kym Klass brings us this story on new developments in Alabama.  Officials have been advising walkable communities to try and take Alabama out of the rankings of the most obese states, but a new report from CEOs for Cities also shows that it can be a real investment as well.  Homes in walkable communities are holding their value better than in non-walkable areas.  Klass uses two communities, Hampstead and The Waters, as examples of walkable places.  She also cites demographic trends — empty nesters and you people wanting more walkable communities — as a reason for this.  She shows a few examples of how, in these two communities, daily needs are within a five-minute walk.  Hamsptead is the first neighborhood in Montgomery to use the Smart Code, developed by Duany Plater-Zyberk.  The state health department recommends these communities, not only for fighting obesity, but also for other ailments.  One of the differences between these and conventional communities is that the sidewalks actually lead somewhere worth walking to.  Factors such as narrower roads, mixed age groups, and a range of housing types make these communities more desirable for the “echo-boomers” of today.

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