What exactly makes a neighborhood walkable? A look at an #Ottawa case study. @globalsiteplans

What exactly makes a neighborhood walkable? A look at an #Ottawa case study. @globalsiteplans

What goes into making a walkable neighbourhood? In my far-flung suburb of Stittsville, Ontario , even a fifteen minute walk won’t get you to the nearest cup of coffee. Here, in the automobile’s natural habitat, an obvious answer is scale. So I was surprised to learn of a local Jane’s Walk of downtown Ottawa , that even human-scaled communities may struggle to become more walkable. The first challenge they face is culture. Jane’s Walk leader Chris Bradshaw , a funny guy and retired planner, has been a strong advocate of walkable neighbourhoods since the 1980s. Back when the idea of walking from your downtown home to the office was still novel, Bradshaw was organizing pedestrian associations and advocating for car-sharing programs. His local Ottawalk group was the first of its kind in North America, and helped bring walking culture from the margins to the mainstream. Today, ...

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