Similar to major urban areas along the East and West coasts, residents in Idaho, Montana and Colorado desire to live in neighborhoods where walkability is high according to a recent study by the Sonoran Institute. The study found that the demand for walkable urbanism was so great that “dwellings in walkable areas sold for an 18.5 percent premium over those sited among sprawl.” In Boise, Idaho, the demand for walkable neighborhoods was even greater with homes in walkable neighborhoods selling “for 45 percent more than those in disconnected areas.”
A neighborhood’s walkability is based on its mixed-use of residential and commercial development where residents live within walking distance to restaurants, schools, shops and other amenities. Walkable neighborhoods offer multiple benefits to residents’ health as well as to the environment. Omitting the need to commute by automobile can greatly reduce overall carbon footprint and air pollution. Visit http://bit.ly/15hbJhp to read more.