If you live in Georgetown or Courthouse, congratulations — you’re in one of the region’s most walkable neighborhoods, which means that property values are higher, your neighbors are probably well-educated and you pay less for transit than many residents of less-walkable suburban developments.
Those were among of the conclusions of a recent Brookings Institution study on walkable neighborhoods in the Washington region. The study ranked 71 neighborhoods in D.C., Maryland and Virginia for walkability, measuring everything from aesthetics and connectivity to density and public spaces and parks.
Along with Georgetown and Courthouse, downtown D.C., Penn Quarter/Chinatown and the National Harbor led the charge as being most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. On the other end, sitting at the bottom of the list were New York Avenue, Naylor Road and Landover Road. A number of other D.C. neighborhoods fared well, including Cleveland Park, Columbia Heights, Kalorama, NoMa and U Street; Bethesda, Crystal City, Ballston, and Shirlington similarly stood high on the walkable scale.
[Continue reading Martin Austermuhle’s post at DCist.com.]