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The trend since 2010 has been a slight decrease in the percent of urban-area homes within walking distance of an urban center, corridor, or neighborhood center.
Meeting this target will result in more people who are able to complete at least some of their everyday needs or errands within walking distance of their home. Being able to walk to a restaurant or store promotes healthy, active lifestyles and reduces congestion on roads.
What are we measuring?
Percent of urban-area homes within a half mile of an urban center, corridor, or neighborhood center.
Why a half mile? A half mile is the distance that can be walked in about 10 to 15 minutes.
What is an urban center, corridor, or neighborhood center? Any area where you can purchase some of the basic goods or services you might need on a daily basis, such as buying a cup of coffee, going out for lunch or dinner, buying a gallon of milk or a loaf of bread, or getting a haircut. (Click for a map)
There are two ways of making progress towards achieving this goal:
Adding housing to existing urban centers, corridors, and neighborhood centers
Adding new neighborhood commercial centers to existing residential areas
Both must be achieved to reach the regional target. Local jurisdictions are reviewing their plans, regulations, and incentive programs to encourage housing in their urban centers. They are also taking strides to identifying areas suitable for small-scale neighborhood commercial activity in residential areas.