A walkable city is one where people know their neighbors and becoming regulars at local establishments, bridging the gap between a city and a community.
Fort Worth, TX (PRWEB) April 23, 2014
More and more people are becoming aware of the benefits of living an active lifestyle, and that doesn’t necessarily mean visiting the gym every day. Home buyers are more commonly checking off a list that includes finding a walkable community when searching for a new house, and officials in Fort Worth are taking the hint.
Prudential Texas Properties reports that leaders in Fort Worth are urging initiatives, such as the Blue Zones project, to create a more walkable city that promotes a healthy lifestyle. At a community meeting April 11 at the Built Environment, Lifestyle and Health Conference at the UNT Health Science Center School of Public Health, officials presented their ideas to create a pedestrian- and bike-friendly Fort Worth.
“The boom in mixed-use developments show that home buyers in North Texas want to live somewhere they can walk to the grocery store, restaurants, shopping and entertainment,” DD Flynn, VP of Marketing with Prudential Texas Properties says. “Sidewalks, bike trails and parks are essential to any community, and Fort Worth’s strides toward making these things easily accessible to its residents is a definite step in the right direction.”
Historic neighborhoods such as Arlington Heights and Stop Six have more options for home owners who wish to travel on foot, but more modern neighborhoods have been built with the philosophy that a vehicle is the best way to get around.
As the population in Fort Worth continues to swell, especially with the influx of Millennials and Baby Boomers, both of whom are notoriously interested in living a healthier lifestyle, the necessity for a walkable Fort Worth will become even more apparent.
“Having amenities within walking distance is of growing importance as owning a car has become much less desirable for many,” Flynn continues. “And a walkable city is one where people know their neighbors and becoming regulars at local establishments, bridging the gap between a city and a community.”
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