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Old 12-06-2007, 06:07 PM
 
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A Brookings Institution survey ranks the 30 biggest metropolitan areas according to the number of "walkable urban places" relative to the area's population:


1. Washington


2. Boston


3. San Francisco


4. Denver


5. Portland, Ore.


6. Seattle


7. Chicago


8. Miami


9. Pittsburgh


10. New York


11. San Diego


12. Los Angeles


13. Philadelphia


14. Atlanta


15. Baltimore


16. St. Louis


17. Minneapolis


18. Detroit


19. Columbus, Ohio


20. Las Vegas


21. Houston


22. San Antonio


23. Kansas City, Mo.


24. Orlando, Fla.


25. Dallas


26. Phoenix


27. Sacramento, Calif.


28. Cincinnati


29. Cleveland


30. Tampa, Fla.

— Associated Press

Now i know in the past people always say that Houston isn't a walkable city if you live in the burbs but in the city of houston itself is pretty walkable do anyone agree...P.s we even ranked better than Big D (No rivilary just on friendly terms)
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Actually, the burbs are walkable. Kingwood and The Woodlands, for example, have appx 100 miles of paved trails each. In Kingwood, I have a walking path all the way from my home to Town Center. I'm also surrounded by a huge nature preserve with earthen trails.



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A Brookings Institution survey ranks the 30 biggest metropolitan areas according to the number of "walkable urban places" relative to the area's population:


1. Washington


2. Boston


3. San Francisco


4. Denver


5. Portland, Ore.


6. Seattle


7. Chicago


8. Miami


9. Pittsburgh


10. New York


11. San Diego


12. Los Angeles


13. Philadelphia


14. Atlanta


15. Baltimore


16. St. Louis


17. Minneapolis


18. Detroit


19. Columbus, Ohio


20. Las Vegas


21. Houston


22. San Antonio


23. Kansas City, Mo.


24. Orlando, Fla.


25. Dallas


26. Phoenix


27. Sacramento, Calif.


28. Cincinnati


29. Cleveland


30. Tampa, Fla.

— Associated Press

Now i know in the past people always say that Houston isn't a walkable city if you live in the burbs but in the city of houston itself is pretty walkable do anyone agree...P.s we even ranked better than Big D (No rivilary just on friendly terms)
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Old 12-06-2007, 06:35 PM
 
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When I read the title, I thought it was top 25 out of something 100s or something. The total number of cities surveyed is only 30.

And looking at the report, it was mentioned that they did not take an important criteria into consideration, the size of each walking area, that will be remedied in the future. And its seems surburbs like sugarland town center and woodlands town center were taken into consideration.
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Old 12-06-2007, 07:08 PM
 
Location: where nothin ever grows. no rain or rivers flow, TX
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BAHAHAHA Houston ranks bottom 10 (i'm the half-empty glass type)


i wonder how they factored in walking to islands and boroughs of NYC
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:20 PM
 
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What gets me is how San Francisco wasn't number one.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Austin/Houston
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I'm also surprised that Houston outranked Dallas. Dallas has more mass transit far superior to that of Houston but I guess Houston's downtown is becoming a walking paradise.
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Old 12-06-2007, 08:34 PM
 
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This list must have been influenced by developers selling condos in downtown Houston. Yes, downtown is very walkable and has had underground airconditioned tunnels for pedestrians for decades.

However, the greater Houston meto area is very difficult to access if you do not have a private car. The bus lines will get you where you need to go if you don't mind transfers and waits. We have so many cars in parts of this town that it is hard to just cross the streets.

Houston used to have electrical streetcars in downtown at one time. They were crazy to remove them in the 50s when suburbanization got hot and no one had the wisdom to forecast how everyone driving a car would lead to so much gridlock no one would be able to get anywhere fast.

Metro somewhat redid part of this line with the multimillion dollar cost per mile of light rail track in 2003 when Main Street had street cars on it 50 years ago. Gawd how nuts is that!
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:33 PM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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A Brookings Institution survey ranks the 30 biggest metropolitan areas according to the number of "walkable urban places" relative to the area's population:

Someone mentioned cities, but this survey includes metros which is still about right I think. Much of the Chicago metro is not very walkable, either. Same with SF.

Houston still pretty much sucks to get around by foot. Certain pockets are ok, especially around Midtown and Downtown and the places people are trying to build up / cramp up. Medical center has its pocket, too. But the Galleria for instance can be a pretty terrible place to have to walk around. Then much of Houston outside the loop, inside the Beltway is like a dirty Anaheim or Garden Grove. Rough city streets with sidewalks, and one close freeway. Burbs, forget it.

Most all of Houston is just way too spread out. But that's Texas for ya.
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Old 12-06-2007, 11:29 PM
 
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I think Houston is a verry walkable city there are lots of sidewalks & walking trails on all sides of town. That list is all wrong Houston should be in the top 5 my pick 4
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Old 12-07-2007, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Clear Lake TX
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I think Houston is a verry walkable city there are lots of sidewalks & walking trails on all sides of town. That list is all wrong Houston should be in the top 5 my pick 4

Just because there are 'sidewalks and trails' doesn't mean a city is ''walkable.'' The issue is walkability and pedestrian-friendliness. And Houston is notoriously pedestrian-unfriendly.
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