Walkability – on Long Island?

Walkable neighborhoods is gaining a foothold even in places like car-centric Long Island.

The New York Times reports that 5 Long Island towns, Babylon, Brookhaven, North Hempstead, Islip and Southampton already had policies in place even before Governor Cuomo passed “Complete Streets” legislation in August.

In communities such as Great Neck, Wyandanch, Port Jefferson Station, and Ronkokoma, traffic calming pedestrian and bicycle projects have already been implemented.

The president and chief executive of a major real estate company on Long Island” said that while ‘we are not at the point we can live on Long Island without a car,’ the pendulum is swinging away from malls and toward walkable village centers.”

CEOs for Cities, a planning network of urban leaders, concluded in a 2009 report that homes within a walkable mile of ‘common daily shopping and social destinations’ command from $4,000 to $34,000 more than similar homes in more car-centric communities.”

This is exciting news, especially in such an auto-dependent area like Long Island.

Those who live in the city of Cortland, especially those who can walk to downtown, are blessed to live in such a walkable community.  The city certainly has its challenges but let’s not forget what we already have. And let’s work to build upon our assets, not squander them.




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