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Old 01-21-2017, 06:38 PM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Is there a metro area that has as many walkable areas as DC. I understand that all of NY is walkable, but DC seems to have a ton of pockets that are self contained and walkable.
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Old 01-21-2017, 07:35 PM
 
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Chicago, SF, and Boston are all just as walkable. Many other locations such as Philly, parts of Baltimore, and even Seattle are probably in contention, too.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:06 PM
 
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Chicago, SF, and Boston are all just as walkable. Many other locations such as Philly, parts of Baltimore, and even Seattle are probably in contention, too.
This is almost exactly what I was going to say. If you like those hidden pockets all around the city then Philly is really great for that. Its subway system is a bit lacking though, unfortunately.

But DC really has one of the best subway systems in the US and all of North America, which definitely helps with walkability. I would rank it 3rd in the US behind NYC and Chicago.

If you're looking for something close to DCs level of walkability then I would suggest Philly, Boston, or SF.

If you're looking for something more, then try Chicago or NYC.

Those are really the only cities that can compete with DC here. The vast majority of US cities are very unwalkable.
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Old 01-21-2017, 10:40 PM
 
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Is there a metro area that has as many walkable areas as DC. I understand that all of NY is walkable, but DC seems to have a ton of pockets that are self contained and walkable.
Not all of New York is walkable. All of Manhattan, yes, but not all of New York.
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Old 01-21-2017, 11:27 PM
 
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Not only is DC proper very walkable, but Arlington, Alexandria, Silver Spring, and Bethesda have their pockets as well, especially Arlington. Plus National Harbor.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:57 AM
 
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This is almost exactly what I was going to say. If you like those hidden pockets all around the city then Philly is really great for that. Its subway system is a bit lacking though, unfortunately.
Philly isn't all that walkable in general if one looks at the city overall. The core (Center City) is quite walkable but most of the city is not and without a car not easy to get around as the subway and rail system routes are fairly limited in-town with lots of space in-between them.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:01 AM
 
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Is there a metro area that has as many walkable areas as DC. I understand that all of NY is walkable, but DC seems to have a ton of pockets that are self contained and walkable.
Definitely NYC and DC in my opinion followed by Boston, San Francisco and then Chicago. All of Chicago isn't that walkable in terms of close transit accessibility. The NW, SW and SE sides aren't well-covered with rail or subway access.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:55 AM
 
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Less than an hour from DC, I find Baltimore just about as walkable in terms of coverae, and it was especially more so during its golden age. You can easily go from Fort McHenry around thorugh Locust Point to Federal Hill through the Inner Harbor/Downtown, up through Mount Vernon, Station North, Charles Village, and the JHU area (along with Hampden to the west and parts of Waverly to the east), and also east from the Harbor to Harbor East, Fells Point, and Canton/Patterson Park and find a nice variety of city amenities in those corridors. I saw that although not as large as DC/Philly/Chicago/SF, Baltimore has a noticeably growing population in its core, and this should lead to improvements in terms of density of amneities in its core. Although transit isn't as good as DC, there is still the Circulator, the light rail, the water taxi, and a decent bus system. Stay away from the other areas at night, and even there, use caution and stick to the safer streets like Charles, Eastern Avenue and south, and the Key Highway corridor. Though like Philadelphia as stated above, you'll need a car to travel to many places that you can't reach by foot or transit.

I'd say that Seattle, Portland, and Denver are the most underrated cities in terms of being walkable, especially Denver. In addition to Downtown, the South Broadway corridor is a long stretch of development with a variety of businesses bordered by a neat grid system down to the Englewood area. The East Colfax Avenue corridor is another, extending as far as Aurora, and West Colfax isn't as bad. Oregon's urban growth restrictions ensures better infill development, and Portland has extensive areas to walk around as well.
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Old 01-22-2017, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Clemson, SC by way of Tyler,TX
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Not only is DC proper very walkable, but Arlington, Alexandria, Silver Spring, and Bethesda have their pockets as well, especially Arlington. Plus National Harbor.
This is what prompted my post. Every city has a walkable downtown, but DC burbs are very walkable. Of course, they are all kind of homogenous ( anchored by a Harry Teeter or Giants). But, if you want walkable, but away from the city, DC is very strong.
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Old 01-22-2017, 09:07 AM
 
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Philly isn't all that walkable in general if one looks at the city overall. The core (Center City) is quite walkable but most of the city is not and without a car not easy to get around as the subway and rail system routes are fairly limited in-town with lots of space in-between them.
Philly is pretty dense and walkable throughout. You make it sound like a Sunbelt city here.
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