Study: Cincinnati low in walkability

CINCINNATI -- Next time you decide to hoof it from your house to the grocery store or office, try thinking about Cincinnati's layout which allows some people to travel by foot, but not as many as could be, according to a recent study.

Christopher B. Leinberger and Patrick Lynch ranked the 30 largest metro areas into levels of "walkable urbanism." Cincinnati, at No. 20 on the current list, is considered to have only "tentatively walkable urbanism."

Washington, D.C. and New York City were ranked in the first and second positions, respectively, and Phoenix and Orlando in the last two.

The rankings were based on the number of WalkUPs, areas in each city where living areas are close to work and shopping, which has in turn driven up the price of living in that location. Cincinnati has about 289,000 people for each of its seven WalkUPs.

Leinberger and Lynch also completed a set of future rankings, which arrange the cities by potential for growth.
Cincinnati drops to the 25th spot in this ranking, considered "low potential for future walkable urbanism."

Highly walkable cities tend to compact people and amenities, Leinberger said. The study also suggests urbanizing suburbs and planning for transit development which links people and conveniences.

The study will be released to the public in full at 2 p.m. here.

In response to the difficulty of reaching conveniences by foot, go Vibrant , a nonprofit that focuses on activity and healthy living, helps Greater Cincinnati find walkable areas with dining and sightseeing in places like Mt. Adams, downtown Cincinnati and Northside.

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