One of America's Most "Walkable" Communities Is in ... L.A. County?!

A place called Long Beach
A place called Long Beach
File photo by Neil Kremer/Flickr

When you think about "walkable" cities, New York, Chicago and Boston probably come to mind.

When you think about car-crazed cities, well, you're in the capital.

But things are changing around here. Bike-sharing is launching soon. You'll be able to take a train to the beach starting next month. And the region is starting to develop vertically around transportation hubs.

The Manhattanization of Greater Los Angeles is happening before our very eyes. The only way is up, really.

Long Beach has been on it for a while. The revival of its downtown and the perennial coziness of Belmont Shore have attracted pedestrians far and wide.

Walk Score, part of real estate listings site Redfin, has just published its "Most Walkable U.S. Cities of 2016" list. At No. 10, Long Beach was the only SoCal city to make the top 10.

"The Southern California region was unrepresented on the top-10 list each of the past two years," Redfin said in a statement. "Long Beach also had the largest yearly increase of all 10 cities, up 3.2 points, helping it rank among the most walkable cities in the nation."

Redfin's Walk Score analysts looked at more than 2 billion walking routes in 2,500 U.S. cities and considered nearby amenities, pedestrian friendliness and demographics.

New York topped the list, followed by San Francisco, Boston, Philadelphia and Miami.

Redevelopment in downtown Long Beach was key to its success as a top walkable city, Redfin said.

"A renaissance has been happening in downtown Long Beach, which now has a Walk Score of 92,” said Redfin agent Michelle Zabukovec. “In addition to some brand-new buildings, developers are rehabilitating structures that were already in place. The city has even created an incentive program for rehabilitation projects, and has also focused on improving walkability by adding more pedestrian lighting to create safer sidewalks."

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia called his "the most walkable city in Southern California."

The ranking "is a testament to the hard work we’ve been doing to improve and expand pedestrian infrastructure and support safe and convenient travel for everyone," he said.


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