That's the theory put forth by the Piedmont Environmental Council and reported on at Bacon's Rebellion. The conclusions apparently found in their study of 120 homes aren't a surprise to readers of RealCentralVA (see links at the end of this post), but I wanted to differ with one of the conclusions with three points: Many people continue to prefer living in the suburbs. But Werner's divergent trend lines make it clear Read More
Brilliant. Want to know which is faster - walking, biking, driving? That's easy enough to discern using Google Maps, but in a quest for efficiency, Michael Schade at the Mobility Lab has constructed the Side-by-Side Router: Once you pick two end-points, the four modes' routes are drawn with different colors. It's been surprising to see how the routes vary depending on the mode. The program also gives you the total Read More
Yeah, the info graphic below is for/from California, but the data points are universal. Walkability = happiness. And, because images aren't searchable, the three points: - Lose Weight! The average resident of a walkable neighborhood weighs 6 to 10 pounds less than someone who lives in a car-dependent neighborhood . - Save Money! Transportation is the second largest expense for American households, costing more than food, clothing, and health Read More
People want to be close to stuff, and they want to be able to get to that stuff easily. More often, in the City of Charlottesville and more urban parts of Albemarle, "getting to that stuff" includes bicycles. Now the Charlottesville MPO is seeking to capture data that will show how many are biking to places.
Walkability matters ; so does bikeability.
For the next month or so I'm going to be using the Read More
"Walkable houses in Charlottesville" - one of the more frequent requests I get both from buyer clients and from visitors to this site. But "walkable" means different things to different people. Clarifying and pulling out buyers' true intents is one of the most useful skills a good real estate agent brings to the table. For example, when a new buyer client tells me that he wants to be within "walking distance" of the Downtown Mall, I always follow up with: "What is walking distance to you?" "Your response of "less than 30 minute walking Read More