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US, Florida: Downtown Must Walk The Walk

The Brookings Institution, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank, released a survey of the top 30 metropolitan areas regarding the ranking on the per capita number of regionally significant walkable urban places in their regions. The results for the Tampa-St. Petersburg area - dead last.

There was not one place in the region where you could live, work and play within walking distance that is at critical mass. Certainly there are many places that are up and coming; downtown St Petersburg, Ybor City, the Channel District, Hyde Park and, of course, downtown Tampa.

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Urban sprawl and public health

Book review Urban Sprawl and Public Health, a timely publication by highly qualified authors, is another wake-up call about public policy decisions with respect to land use, transportation, and community design that adversely affect our health, civic involvement, and quality of life.
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Analysis of North Carolina guidelines and criteria for establishing school walk zones.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation's Division of Bicycle and Pedestrian Transportation sponsored research to examine the potential for developing school walk zone guidelines for the state.
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Through seniors' eyes:

an exploratory qualitative study to identify environmental barriers to and facilitators of walking. This qualitative exploratory study examined environmental factors influencing the walking choices of elderly people using the photovoice approach.
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Romantic Toronto

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To coincide with the Walk21 Conference in Toronto in the first week in October, Rethinking Cities conducted a romantic 'walkshop' in which participants discovered what elements go to make places and walks romantic.
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Footloose and Fancy Free

A Field Survey of Walkable Urban Places in the Top 30 U.S. Metropolitan Areas
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This field survey attempts to identify the number and location of “regional-serving” walkable urban places in the 30 largest American metropolitan areas in the U.S, where 138 million, or 46 percent, of the US population lives.
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