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Old 05-26-2014, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by CairoCanadian View Post
San Francisco is infinitely more walkable than, say, Edmonton. In general all the prairie cities are very much car-towns, and it's hard to blame them considering that for half the year it's not exactly the most welcoming sort of climate.
San Francisco is among the best American cities walkabilty-wise, Edmonton probably among the worse ones in Canada so it's not the most fair comparison. There's some overlap. Then there's the question of whether to compare all of the metro, or just the central parts. San Francisco compares favorably, but many of its suburbs I'd guess don't compare that well to Canadian ones. If Boston was compared to a Canadian city, walkabilty-wise the city proper/inner areas might be a bit better than a comparable section of Toronto. Overall, Toronto does better. Edmonton should probably be compared to other cities in the Mountain West.

Edmonton's Light Rail carries almost as many passengers as Portland's:

List of North American light rail systems by ridership - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

but it only has 13 miles of light rail while Portland has 60.
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Old 05-26-2014, 12:13 PM
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Their downtowns don't look empty... Canadians seem to walk places more than Americans do, even though it's so cold up there.

I'm not talking about the major cities only... take a look at small towns in Ontario, they look neat and very walkabe.
Having travelled extensively in both countries, I really haven't noticed much of a difference. FWIW, Manhattan is much more "walkable" than Toronto is, though.

The problem I have with "walkability" ratings is that they don't seem very realistic. The neighbourhood I live in is considered very "unwalkable", despite having a grocery store, pharmacy, two banks, a deli, a pub, three restaurants, a video rental, two convenience stores, an optometrist, a vet clinic, a pet food store, a public school, two high schools (Catholic and public), a cake store, two major public transit routes and several parks within a 20 minute walk of my front door. If you want to forgo the city bus and hike an extra 10 minutes, you can walk to one of the biggest malls in the eastern GTA from here. However, this area is considered highly unwalkable regardless of the proximity to several conveniences.

If you are morbidly obese, nowhere is going to seem walkable regardless as to whether you are in a city or not.

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