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5 Walkable Cities


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Denver
Denver might be chilly in the winter, but its shopping areas keep people on their feet.
Denver might be chilly in the winter, but its shopping areas keep people on their feet.
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­Denver may not rank at the very top of Walk Score's rankings -- it earns a 66 on a scale of 100 -- but it's an up-and-comer. As recently as the late 1980s, Denver didn't have any regional-serving walkable urban places, a fancy way of saying that the city's downtown was strictly business and didn't attract people with a mix of housi­ng, jobs, retail stores and entertainment. Today it has four neighborhoods with walk scores of 90 or higher including Cherry Creek, Capitol Hill, Golden Triangle and Lodo. Forty-three percent of Denver's residents live in a neighborhood with a walk score of 70 or higher, and only 19 percent live in ­car-dependent areas [source: Walk Score].

­How is the city making this happen? Denver is an example of how the addition of a comprehensive public transportation system can change a city's landscape. Walkable urban places are expanding along with the city's rail transit system.


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