Messy Street Patterns Boost Walkability in Cities

Cities that have the most complex and messy street patterns provide the most walkable and enjoyable experiences for visitors and residents, argued Allan Jacobs, the former director of San Francisco’s city planning department, at a recent conference in Vancouver BC. Jacobs listed cities that have numerous intersections per square mile as a guide to their walkability. Some of the most walkable cities include San Francisco, which has 300 intersections in the Market Street area, along with Paris (281), Tokyo (988), Savannah, Ga., (538) and Portland (341). more

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