Walkability Equals Sustainability and Happier Residents
Minneapolis walkable neighborhoods are important for many real estate buyers & sellers. The Minneapolis urban area is known for its close-in, walkable neighborhoods, making it a great place to reside.
According to Wikipedia, walkability is a measure of how friendly an area is to walking. It’s an important concept in sustainability. It encompasses accessibility, road and walkway conditions, public transportation, safety and how land is used.
According to Walk Score, walkability adds a lot of value to your health, the environment, your finances and communities.
- Those who live in a walkable neighborhood tend to weight 6-10 pounds less than those who don’t.
- The ability to get around a community easily contributes to the happiness of it’s residents.
- Less use of vehicles means less pollution.
- Fewer households need vehicles which means those households have more disposable income.
- Less time commuting means more time in community activities.
It’s hard to ignore the worth of walkable neighborhoods when you look at the facts.
Curious how Minneapolis stacks up?
According to Good Housekeeping and Sustainable, it’s rated #9 of the best cities in the United States, with Downtown West, Loring Park and Lowry Hill East being the most walkable. Minneapolis takes full advantage of it’s walkability with a calendar full of great easy-to-get-to events.
Other sites like walkscore.com score neighborhoods on their walkability, letting you know the best neighborhoods to live in for walkability. Here are a few examples of Minneapolis neighborhoods:
The City of Minneapolis is committed to sustainable living and has adopted a list of sustainability indicators to track it’s progress.
The true advantage of Minneapolis urban living is the GREEN feature of walkable neighborhoods mixed with residential (single-family & condo) and local businesses. If you are looking to walk and or live near coffee shops or local diners, Minneapolis offers many walking neighborhood opportunities for new or current residents, just waiting to be explored.
Shannon Lindstrom, REALTOR®, AHWD, CRS, GREEN
748 Grand Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105