Co-authored by Christopher Leinberger and Patrick Lynch, the report is titled “Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros.” It was produced by both the college and LOCUS, a Washington-based, national smart-growth development nonprofit.
The rankings are based on each city’s number of WalkUPs, or walkable urban places, population, office and retail space and where they are located in relation to WalkUPs.
Washington ranked first and Orlando was last. Atlanta was eighth based on its 27 WalkUPs, its ranking of fourth in terms of population per WalkUPs, 159,000, and the fact that 75 percent of its WalkUP office and retail space is located in the central city.
Leinberger, a research professor at the college, spoke on walkable urbanism in November at the Atlanta Regional Commission’s State of the Region breakfast in downtown Atlanta. That event came less than a month after the college released another report, co-authored by him and Mason Austin, on an Atlanta development study about WalkUPs.
“It’s a different future,” Leinberger said. “[Metro Atlanta] is going to be a constellation of walkable urban places both in the central city and in the suburbs. Your 5.3 million people, $47,000 per capita [gross domestic product]. Your freeways and traffic, people know it. MARTA, people know it. This research … shows a structural shift. There are 27 established walkable urban places. … There are another nine becoming walkable.”
To view the “Foot Traffic” report, visit http://business.gwu.edu/creua/includes/foottraffic.pdf.