Urban Land Institute Publishes Book Outlining Benefits of Walkable Communities

Making the business case for walkable community development

Staff of the Urban Land Institute gathered information to further the development of a business case for creating high-density, mixed use (residential and business), walkable places.

The institute is a nonprofit research and education organization that provides leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide.

Key Results

  • In April 2003, staff convened a forum in the District of Columbia of 26 experts and practitioners from the real estate, finance and land development fields to define such places, clarify the issues involved in implementing a business model for their development and identify successful examples of such development.
  • Staff from the Urban Land Institute wrote a book about successful mixed-use, walkable developments, based on a literature review and the forum's perspectives. The book, entitled "Creating Walkable Places: Compact, Mixed-Use Solutions," is available online for $84.95.

Funding

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) provided a grant of $123,600 to support this project from December 2002 to June 2004.