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Study: Tampa Bay area near bottom of nation's most walkable metros

Only Phoenix (29) and Orlando (30) ranked worse than the Tampa 
bay area in the ability for people to walk between home, work, school, parks, stores and other everyday destinations, determined research by the George Washington University School of Business and the nonprofit group Smart Growth America.  [JIM DAMASKE   |   Times
]
Only Phoenix (29) and Orlando (30) ranked worse than the Tampa 
bay area in the ability for people to walk between home, work, school, parks, stores and other everyday destinations, determined research by the George Washington University School of Business and the nonprofit group Smart Growth America. [JIM DAMASKE | Times
]
Published Jun. 17, 2014

Tampa Bay's "walkabilty" ranks near the bottom — 28 out of 30 — of the largest metro areas in the nation, a study released Tuesday shows.

Only Phoenix (29) and Orlando (30) ranked worse in the ability for people to walk between home, work, school, parks, stores and other everyday destinations, determined research by the George Washington University School of Business and the nonprofit group Smart Growth America. The study ranked Washington, D.C., as No. 1.

The study ranked the Tampa Bay area as having a "moderate potential for future walkable urbanism."

Tampa's base of walkable urbanism projects is small to begin with. "However, Tampa's recently built streetcar sparked a renaissance" downtown, researchers said. "Its secondary downtown of St. Petersburg has been creating a vital walkable urban place. Together, these efforts may justify this ranking, though only time will tell."

The study was largely based on examining real estate data for office and retail projects. See it at www.smartgrowthamerica.org.

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