As you're moving though your checklist of things to do today, how are you planning to get to your next destination? If you answered "by foot," you understand a major strength of Boston's character. And it's only going to improve.
Research group Smart Growth America analyzes cities on several factors to arrive at a "walkability" score. Based on the density of accessible everyday destinations for retail, restaurants, and office space, the current top five contenders were Washington D.C., New York, Boston, San Francisco and Chicago.
A shakeup is coming, though.
Based on new construction, that list should reorder to Boston, Washington D.C., New York, Miami and Atlanta.
The report ranked the urbanization of Cambridge and suburbs as a major factor for the Boston area's rank at #3 in the country. If you're not willing to wait for Boston to rise to the top, take a trip through the most walkable neighborhoods in Boston.
· Boston fares well in analysis of city walkability [Boston Business Journal]
· The most walkable neighborhoods in Boston [Curbed Boston]
· Foot Traffic Ahead: Report [Smart Growth America]