The Importance of Walkability

By Gene Krebs

Greater Ohio has been forecasting for several years that people would be and are already choosing to move to walkable communities and leave the car-centric city behind.  According to a recent article from the Wall Street Journal, the free market is now validating this assertion in stronger terms than we had anticipated.  The article explains that the desire to live in a walkable community is reshaping the real estate market.

"Today's home buyers aren't just looking for good schools and low crime rates when they evaluate a neighborhood, many brokers say. They're paying much more attention to what they can walk to."

This article confirms that the increased interest in walkability is not just a blip, but a burgeoning trend that is worthy of the attention of homeowners and policy makers alike.  If you want to checkout the walkability of your neighborhood, visit