Walkable real estate development projects and places are on the rise nationwide, but certain metro regions are progressing faster than others, according to a new report released today by the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis at George Washington University School of Business in conjunction with LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a program of Smart Growth America.

Atlanta came in 8th on the list behind Washington D.C., New York, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Portland.

The report, Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros, ranks the country’s top 30 metropolitan areas based on the amount of commercial development in Walkable Urban Places (WalkUPs). The study finds higher education levels and one-third higher GDP per capita in high-ranking cities.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.

2 replies on “Atlanta ranks 8th for walkable urban area”

  1. True intown, not so much in many suburbs. But, why, in 2014, are we still building massive sidewalk-fronting parking decks in our most walkable neighborhoods (like the one at Juniper/7th in Midtown)? When will we learn and not build crap like that?

  2. True intown, not so much in many suburbs. But, why, in 2014, are we still building massive sidewalk-fronting parking decks in our most walkable neighborhoods (like the one at Juniper/7th in Midtown)? When will we learn and not build crap like that?

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