When I get the Sunday paper, the first thing I do is separate the “real newspaper” from all the ads (a process which leaves a big pile of ads and a few bits to read – not sure why I’m still subscribing to the Strib). I usually merely glance at the Home section since it is almost all real estate ads, but today the one editorial bit caught my eye: “Buyers Want Walking Options Close to Home” which suggests that home buyers are looking not just for sidewalks to walk on, but local stores and gathering places to walk to.
The most encouraging thing to me is the source of information is real estate agents and home buyers. It’s fine for theorists, academics and experts to claim walkable neighborhoods are good, but market demand for homes close to school, stores and parks suggests the momentum is shifting – buyers want walkable locations, developers respond to the trend, business people are able to have successful stores, etc. in neighborhoods…all steps in the right direction.