The Value of Making New Canaan Walk Friendly

Since many of us are interested in making New Canaan a safe, walkable community, I want to share information about applying for a Walk Friendly designation.  (Ann Arbor, Hoboken, Santa Barbara and Charlottesville have earned the designation among others.)

Right now, tensions are still high and the timing is not right.  Nonetheless, I encourage you to review the criteria on the application so that you might share my vision of how New Canaan can be...   http://www.walkfriendly.org/WalkFriendlyCommunitiesAssessmentTool.pdf 

For those of you who expressed concerns about spending - please read on about the economic value of walkability.  As MSN real estate puts it, "Walkability is hot these days."  Why?  A study noted in a November 8, 2010 Wall Street    Journal blog entry demonstrated that walkable communities lost less value during the housing crash.  A separate study demonstrates that walkability adds from $4,000 to $34,000 to home values.  

Obtaining Walk Friendly status would require a joint effort driven by the Board of Selectmen and Town Council with support from you and me.   Therefore, this November, I encourage you to identify and vote for representatives who value the economic, social, environmental and health-related benefits of walkability.   

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