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Saturday, December 08, 2007

The new lifestyle: Walking. But Where?

We all know that one way to shrink our carbon footprint -- as well as our fat butts -- is to walk instead of drive whenever possible. Unfortunately for some of us, walking is not a very efficient or safe option due to the way our communities are constructed. According to their survey, the Brookings Institute estimates that over 30% of Americans want a community that they can navigate without a car.

While I wouldn't call it the "new American dream" just yet, the demand for mixed-use properties is definitely heating up thanks to Gen-Xers. Where I live, mixed-use condos going up all over the place -- and there is constant traffic-hating and chatter about living where you work. Here's a list of the best urban areas for a walking lifestyle.


Washington, D.C.
Boston

San Francisco
Denver
Portland
Seattle
Chicago
Miami
Pittsburgh
New York


JOSH LOPOSER
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