How much can walkability be worth to your city?
Las Vegas: always counted among the best party spots and hottest vacation destinations in the world. Yet when it comes to enabling this alcohol-fueled, street-by-street partying, we lag behind most metropolitan areas with one of the least pedestrian-friendly reputations around. In fact this may be costing us money because:
GDP per capita in walkable urban metros is 38 percent higher than the average GDP per capita in the less walkable urban metros.
The study, titled “Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros,” was released last month by Christopher B. Leinberger and Patrick Lynch of The School of Business at George Washington University. It ranked the 30 top urban areas across the country in terms of walkability and showed some interesting correlations between income, economic activity and walkability.
Per the study Las Vegas ranks 26th place in a list of the top 30 most walkable metropolitan areas in the United States. The study also projects the future rankings of these top 30 metro areas, which includes Boston, New York, Washington DC, Seattle, and Chicago. The future prediction for Las Vegas is that we will rank 20th. With the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas, the potential of a light rail system along the Maryland Parkway corridor, valley wide public transit, and new projects like Downtown Summerlin, perhaps Las Vegas will become a more walkable city.