Tuesday, December 04, 2007

OK, So Maybe Lubbock Is Good for Walking

All right. So Lubbock is barely within 500 miles of one of the nation's top outdoors places to live.

Today CNN.com has a story on "Metropolitan areas ranked for walkability."

Maybe Lubbock is on that list. I like to walk, after all.

No such luck. I've plotted the top 15 here. The closest is Denver, a short 546 mile drive.

Young professionals ... are driving a national trend toward more walkable communities, says the author of a report to be released Tuesday by the Brookings Institution.
Don't get me wrong. I'm not looking for reasons to besmirch the Hub City. But CNN keeps posting these stories, and I am a curious person. And sadly, Lubbock is seldom on the list. Unless the list is of dry counties.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Only dry counties?

How about STDs? Churches? SUVS with W04 stickers? Gun Stores? Should I keep going...?


2:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maybe CNN is trying to tell you something about living in Lubbock...

12:56 PM  
Blogger Leah Fo Shizzle Bizzle said...

A part of one of the projects I coordinate is conducting walking audits of five different metro Denver neighborhoods and coding blocks walked using a 50-variable tool (looks at things like fences, upkeep of yards, sidewalks, where parks are, if curbs are flat or you have to step up on them, and on and on).

A focus of the grant was that a new neighborhood was constructed where the old Denver airport was, and it was the largest urban renewal project in the US (at least a few years ago it was the largest) and the neighborhood was designed specifically to have a built environment that was walkable.

We're also looking at how this built environment effects the health of the surrounding, established neighborhoods through survey measures with residents.

Thanks for posting the article--I passed the link on to the study team.

11:05 AM  

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