Thursday, December 6, 2007

Brookings: LA More Walkable Than Most Cities


LAist reports on a Brookings Institute study ranking LA and the #12 city for walkability out of the top 30 US cities. LAist post:

A recent Brookings Institute study finds that Los Angeles ranks 12th in a field survey of walkable urban places in the top 30 U.S. metropolitan areas. Washington DC came in 1st and New York City at number 10. In California, San Francisco ranked 3rd while San Diego nudged up against Los Angeles at 11th.

The report, by visiting fellow Christopher B. Leinberger, is based on “walkable places” per capita (for Los Angeles, the metro area of 16 million was considered, not just city limits). Model areas for walkability include Downtown, Hollywood, West Hollywood, Pasadena, Santa Monica, Long Beach, Beverly Hills, Burbank, Glendale, Culver City, Westwood, Century City, the Valencia Town Center, Costa Mesa and the South Coast Town Center.

For the full LAist post (and the full list of cities), click here.

2 comments:

Justin said...

This cracks me up.

LA /is/ one of the most walkable cities....

....once you drive somewhere!

I frequently find myself walking from my car to the front door of a restaurant, or from the parking structure to my office, and I must admit, it almost never rains here, and is quite warm usually, so those walks are fairly pleasant.

I actually live in an area where there are two malls within 1/4 mile of my house, 2 supermarkets (at least) within the same distance, Many restaurants within half a mile, but.....

There are no sidewalks to get to most of them!

I love LA.

Justin

LAofAnaheim said...

There are no sidewalks? Really? I've never been to a district in LA that has no sidewalks. Honestly, I know there is no sidewalks in parts of Ventura & OC counties (Thousand Oaks & Villa Park come to mind), but in LA?

LA is walkable...when you drive between districts. Unless you live near the Red/Purple lines to get you between Hollywood & downtown, most other places are reached by car only. Once we get these connected via transit, we will definitly jump up a few notches.