The Rise of Walkable Urbanism (Knowledge Communities)

The Rise of Walkable Urbanism (Knowledge Communities)


March 2017

Walkable Urbanism is a concept that is becoming increasingly adopted into urban as well as suburban areas. The idea that you don’t have to get into a car to dine, shop, or even go to work is more and more attractive. Many cities in Europe as well as Asia, as they grew, grew in a manner that encouraged mobility via mechanisms other than a car. For example, China’s ancient “hutongs” embody this concept, with their narrow alleys and lively atmosphere. Public transit, bike lanes, and walkable access to amenities are features of some of the biggest cities in the world, no matter where they are located. However, in many countries, including the United States, it is only in recent years that these concepts are taking firmer root. Some US cities, such as Boston, Chicago, and New York evolved around these concepts, but other cities such as Dallas and Atlanta, were known as the poster-children for suburban sprawl. This is beginning to change, and this paper examines three ways in which this evolution will impact cities.

Keywords: Knowledge Communities, walkable urbanism

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