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Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House

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    News
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    Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House

    NONA WILLIS ARONOWITZ, Associate Editor

    February 7, 2012

    The symbol of American success often involves having the biggest house possible, but our outsized fantasies seem to be shifting. According to a new survey, more than three quarters of us consider having sidewalks and places to take a walk one of our top priorities when deciding where to live. Six in 10 people also said they would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk.

    READ MORE: http://www.good.is/post/most-americans-want-a-walkable-neighborhood-not-a-big-house/

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    If you read the full report, Americans value privacy more than walkability. The blog link only pulls off a tiny soundbite that they agree with.

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    #480894

    leftovers
    Member

    Seems this survey has a lot of gray areas, and it seems people like to walk, but not necessarily to things…

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    61% choose larger lots and needing to drive over smaller lots and being able to walk to schools, stores, and restaurants (37%).

    In another set of questions, the public places a greater priority on having sidewalks and places to take walks (77%, important) than on being within walking distance of specific places in a community, such as stores and restaurants (66%).

    Living in a single-family, detached home is important to most Americans. Eight in ten (80%) would prefer to live in single-family, detached houses over other types of housing such as townhouses, condominiums, or apartments.

    Six in ten (59%) would accept a longer commute and having to drive to shops and restaurants if it meant they could live in a single-family detached home, rather than living in an attached home or apartment (38%).

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    Snarf
    Snarf
    Participant

    “Most” is so subjective, lol.

    #480896
    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
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    Andrew Hall said:
    If you read the full report, Americans value privacy more than walkability. The blog link only pulls off a tiny soundbite that they agree with.

    Privacy and walkability aren’t mutually exclusive. Walkable neighborhoods like Victorian Village or Italian Village or German Village can offer plenty of in-home privacy. There’s plenty of privacy fences in all of those neighborhoods.

    So what’s the problem with that blog focusing on one specific finding in the survey?

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    leftovers said:
    Living in a single-family, detached home is important to most Americans. Eight in ten (80%) would prefer to live in single-family, detached houses over other types of housing such as townhouses, condominiums, or apartments.

    Pretty much every walkable urban neighborhood in Columbus is full of single-family detached houses, other than Downtown proper. I live in one myself.

    A preference for that type of housing style does not mean that you must desire a suburban mcmansion.

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    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Walker, when your News quotes an article headline, maybe you should have some kind of disclaiming preface like Article: ___

    Otherwise it looks like CU is endorsing whatever claim or view is in the headline. At least to me, anyway.

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    Walker said:
    Privacy and walkability aren’t mutually exclusive. Walkable neighborhoods like Victorian Village or Italian Village or German Village can offer plenty of in-home privacy. There’s plenty of privacy fences in all of those neighborhoods.

    So what’s the problem with that blog focusing on one specific finding in the survey?

    Because it creates a false conclusion. It is like saying Americans prefer turkey sandwiches to tuna salad … while neglecting they dominantly want cheeseburgers.

    If you read the details, privacy is more equated with separation, not walls.

    A.

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    leftovers
    Member

    Walker said:
    A preference for that type of housing style does not mean that you must desire a suburban mcmansion.

    No, I was juxtaposing it to the image posted at the top of this thread.

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    columbusmike
    Participant

    leftovers said:
    In another set of questions, the public places a greater priority on having sidewalks and places to take walks (77%, important) than on being within walking distance of specific places in a community, such as stores and restaurants (66%).

    Sidewalks often are a lame attempt to give the perception of walkability in neighborhoods that are inherently non-walkable (modern suburbs). Roads in America actually used to be very walkable…but now when Soccer Mom Jane and her son Jimmy in her white Lexus SUV comes screaming down Maple Tree Avenue at 45 miles per hour, that sort of renders roads for cars only. Then all the stay at home mommies start crying that they need sidewalks so they can walk around the block in their strikingly inappropriate gym clothing at 9am while “hubby” grinds away at his office cubicle, moving paper money for 8 or 9 hours until he can come home with a big grease bag of Micky D’s sludge burgers and fries, while he opens his PBR and watches a little Kim Kardashian on his China-made 70″ trance-inducing plasma TV.

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    rus
    rus
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    columbusmike said:
    Sidewalks often are a lame attempt to give the perception of walkability in neighborhoods that are inherently non-walkable (modern suburbs). Roads in America actually used to be very walkable…but now when Soccer Mom Jane and her son Jimmy in her white Lexus SUV comes screaming down Maple Tree Avenue at 45 miles per hour, that sort of renders roads for cars only. Then all the stay at home mommies start crying that they need sidewalks so they can walk around the block in their strikingly inappropriate gym clothing at 9am while “hubby” grinds away at his office cubicle, moving paper money for 8 or 9 hours until he can come home with a big grease bag of Micky D’s sludge burgers and fries, while he opens his PBR and watches a little Kim Kardashian on his China-made 70″ trance-inducing plasma TV.

    Don’t hold back now… let the hatred flow.

    #480903

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Meanwhile we have roads like Henderson, two lanes at 50 mph and nothing more than a goat path alongside the road for pedestrians.

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    Walker Evans
    Walker Evans
    Keymaster

    alexs said:
    Otherwise it looks like CU is endorsing whatever claim or view is in the headline. At least to me, anyway.

    Couldn’t the same be said for every subject line posted by anyone else?

    Does it look like CU is endorsing I LOVE BACON? ;)

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    Cookie
    Member

    columbusmike said:
    Sidewalks often are a lame attempt to give the perception of walkability in neighborhoods that are inherently non-walkable (modern suburbs). Roads in America actually used to be very walkable…but now when Soccer Mom Jane and her son Jimmy in her white Lexus SUV comes screaming down Maple Tree Avenue at 45 miles per hour, that sort of renders roads for cars only. Then all the stay at home mommies start crying that they need sidewalks so they can walk around the block in their strikingly inappropriate gym clothing at 9am while “hubby” grinds away at his office cubicle, moving paper money for 8 or 9 hours until he can come home with a big grease bag of Micky D’s sludge burgers and fries, while he opens his PBR and watches a little Kim Kardashian on his China-made 70″ trance-inducing plasma TV.

    But tell us how you really feel about people who live in the suburbs.

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