“Walkable Urban Density”

Population density can say a lot about an urban environment, and it’s often used as a proxy for how walkable an urban location is. But common density measures don’t capture how easy it is to walk from one location to another. In a recent paper D.C. Policy Center Fellow D.W. Rowlands proposes a new measure for assessing density in the built environment, “walkable urban density,” that more completely captures the number of people within walking distance of a given location.

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