Posted on February 01, 2011 10:37 AM
Study suggests that walkable communities have happier people
A new study published in the journal Applied Research in Quality of Life uses a case-study approach to examine walkability and social capital as indicators of quality of life at the municipal and neighborhood levels. Residents living in neighborhoods that vary in terms of built forms and levels of walkability in three communities in New Hampshire were surveyed about their levels of social capital and travel behaviors. Comparisons between the more walkable and less walkable neighborhoods suggest that levels of social capital are higher in more walkable neighborhoods.
The article is available online for $34.