New York and San Francisco have long been superstars for proponents of pedestrian-friendly planning. But the real shining stars this year are Miami and Detroit.
“They both show that walkability can grow in places where it previously did not exist,” writes CityLab Editor at Large Richard Florida.
Miami climbed three spots up the list to fifth place from Walkscore’s 2011 list, while this year marks Detroit’s debut.
“What happened in relatively low-density districts of Miami suggests that walkability can happen in suburban areas as well,” Florida adds.
A slew of research has found that walkability increases house prices and has a statistically significant connection with health.