New report says Michigan short on walkable communities

Jul 2, 2015

A new report indicates that Michigan trails other states in making communities more walkable.

The classic suburban house with a white picket fence and a big yard was once the image of the American dream. After World War II, the interstate highway system made suburban sprawl possible by linking jobs in the urban core to residential developments farther out. But in recent years, the trend has reversed. More and more people are more interested in moving to urban, pedestrian friendly communities.

A recent report from the MSU Land Policy Institute and George Washington University suggests Michigan is lagging behind the rest of the country when it comes to meeting the demand for “walkable” communities.

Current State speaks with Mary Beth Graebert, Associate Director of Programs and Operations at the Land Policy Institute, about what it was that makes a community walkable.