3 % of people in Greenville County live in a walkable community

The website walkscore.com allows users to find locations that are walkable, and makes money by advertising apartments and homes in the searched location.

They state, “We believe that walkable neighborhoods with access to public transit, better commutes, and proximity to the people and places you love are the key to a happier, healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.”

A recent CNU journal post, What is a Liveable Community Anyway?

“A walkable community is the most common term to describe the alternative to drive-only suburbia.

Former US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood defined livability as “a community where you can take kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, go to the grocery store, have dinner and a movie, and play with your kids in a park, all without having to get into a car.”

A walkable community is a livable community, according to the plainspoken LaHood. Walkability allows for access, connection, and diversity of experience.

The concept is a profound one:  Life changes depending on whether a community is built around walking or driving.”

Here are the metrics for Greenville County:

 

Why do people not bike or walk for transportation?

  • 97 % have to use a car to run all errands
  • No safe infrastructure / suburban sprawl infrastructure

Downtown Greenville will grow by approximately 5,000 people when the  construction of apartments and condos currently permitted are completed.  This will increase the percent of Greenville County residents living in a walkable community by 1/2 of one percent.

It is unlikely that urban development in the other municipalities in our County will change this metric, as these are small urban cores compared to Greenville.

This writer is among the 3 percent of Greenville County residents who are fortunate enough to live in a walkable community and can attest how liveable it is!

 

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