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Walkable Urbanism

Milwaukee's origins in the 19th century and prominence in the early part of the 20th century meant that streets in the city were initially set up to serve people walking. This legacy fuels the tremendous advantage Milwaukee has over suburban areas where streets are designed for automobiles primarily. The absolutely greatest thing about Milwaukee which made me decide to live here is its walkability. Even walkscore.com rates several Milwaukee neighborhoods quite high. Of course, streets can be dangerous for pedestrians when drivers don't obey speed limits or yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, but the overall experience of walkability in Milwaukee's central areas is very good..

 

Posted for 100 Great Things to be Grateful about Milwaukee.

 

Posted for: Book Notes: The Option of Urbanism: Investing in a New American Dream by Christopher B. Leinberger

 

Published in "Reshape Communities into Dynamic Places. Join CNU.," membership recruitment brochure. Chicago: The Congress for the New Urbanism., 2012.

 

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Taken on June 26, 2011