A new report from the Brookings Institution says that the Washington area has the most “walkable places” per capita—one for every 264,000 people— of all the nation’s large metropolitan areas. “The two major reasons for the high number of walkable urban places in Washington are (1) the success of the Metro system and (2) the aggressive use of “overlay zoning districts” that allow and promote walkable urbanism around Metro stations.” Also, District residents favor walking because of “the high educational level of the population (the highest percentage of college graduates of all metro areas in the country according to the Census in 2006), given the apparent, though not yet proven, propensity of the highly educated to prefer walkable urban development.” The report identifies Capital Capitol Hill, Adams Morgan, Georgetown, West End, Friendship Heights and Dupont Circle as model “walkable places” in the District.

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