The 6 most walkable urban areas

San Francisco Bay Area and Chicago have been ranked the most “walkable” metro areas, according to the 2019 Foot Traffic Ahead

The San Francisco Bay Area comprises three central cities (San Francisco, Oakland and San Jose) where 88 percent of the walkable urbanism is concentrated. The Bay area has a retro-drivable sub-urban development pattern that still hangs on in the Mid-Peninsula, i.e., Silicon Valley, in spite of the boom in walkable urbanism in the three cities. In addition, there are many private shuttle buses taking thousands of knowledge workers living in San Francisco on the 30-mile drive daily to Menlo Park, Palo Alto and Cupertino, where the “legacy” companies of the tech world, Facebook, Google, and Apple, locate in drivable sub-urban campuses. The new generation of tech firms, such as Uber, Lyft, Salesforce, and many others locate in walkable urban central cities. Also, many of the non-Bay Area legacy company offices are located in WalkUPs throughout the country. Yet Silicon Valley hangs in there with late 20th century drivable sub-urban locations. One of the primary reasons for this retro-development pattern is that Silicon Valley is one of the most hostile locations to high density development in the country, artificially forcing up land prices. The downtowns of Menlo Park, Palo Alto, and Cupertino are frozen in their 1960s form and density, rather than emerging as major WalkUPs. Foot Traffic Ahead

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