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Routinely ranked as one of the nation’s most walkable cities, DC prides itself on neighborhoods that allow residents to live within an easy walk of area grocery stores, shops, restaurants and even jobs. While DC already boasts many of these neighborhoods, a strong demand continues to drive new development in locations such as Navy Yard, soon be filled with thousands of new residences, retail space, parks and hotel rooms.

It’s a trend that’s been repeated across DC as local leaders aim new mixed-use development at bringing new life to certain neighborhoods. By transforming certain areas with new residential units, green space, walkways, grocery stores and shops, developers aim to capitalize on the high premium for walkable neighborhoods, even in a

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If you enjoy the freedom of exploring your surroundings car-free, there’s little doubt that the DC area is one of the best places to live, work and visit in the entire nation. That’s due to several reports ranking DC as high in walkability, including the most recent placing the District as fourth on the list of best car-free cities.

The ranking by Redfin is generated from a compilation of walk scores involving cities with more than 300,000 residents. According to Redfin research, DC gains the fourth spot, helped by having a high Transit Score. With several bus routes, the Metro and the growing Capital Bikeshare program bringing more bike stations to the area, Washington DC is also credited with coming in at number two in the nation when it comes to

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Prefer walking to driving?  If you said yes, then you are like most Millenials, baby boomers and empty nesters, according to a new poll by the National Association of Realtors.  These groups also prefer low-maintenance housing---condos, townhomes and apartments---over detached single family homes with large yards, and will gladly trade in a large home for a low-maintenance residence in a walkable community with nearby amenities; urban daily conveniences close to restaurants, shops and public transportation; and a short commute to work.  Neighborhoods offering these types of amenities and conveniences are easy to find in DC, which scores high for an attractive urban lifestyle for residents.  They are willing to pay higher prices for these homes, even if

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Arlington, Virginia has been chosen as “America’s Most Walkable Suburb” and one of the best “Walk Friendly” communities by Prevention magazine and by the University of North Carolina’s Center for Pedestrian and Bicycle Information.  Arlington has great public transit as well as lots of sidewalks and trails.  Arlington’s quality of life is high; part of it is due to business and city leaders creating lively and walkable places that attract young adults, families and businesses to live in this close-in suburb.

Like Arlington, many cities across the U.S. are reinventing their cities to accommodate walkers to increase foot traffic over car traffic.  Walking improves personal health, fosters a sense of community, saves money and tames traffic.  While

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The story of Mount Vernon Avenue begins with the advent of the automobile.  The invention brought interest to new road proposals and Mount Vernon Avenue was re-built in 1915.  The electric rail was running a similar route parallel all the way from Rosslyn to Alexandria in Virginia.  As more cars were being produced and purchased by more and more Americans, new paved roads became in fashion.  One of the first experimental roads to test new construction and materials techniques, Mount Vernon Avenue ran from the Highway Bridge at 14th Street to what is currently Arlington Ridge Road, along Mount Vernon Avenue and going into Alexandria.  

Today, Del Ray is an Alexandria neighborhood home to young families who crave a sense of community, where the idea of a

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City planners in DC have advanced a plan to restrict expansion of housing, specifically to pop-ups.  In everyday parlance, pop-ups mean adding an extra floor or two to a row house, or converting it to condos.  The DC Zoning Commission, which appears divided on the issue, is studying the plan.  The plan is in response to resident complaints about pop-ups, row houses that are renovated upwards with upward expansions.  

Neighbors of pop-ups worry that their own property values are depreciating because they see pop-ups as ugly and not compatible with the character of the block.  Some neighbors fear the loss of views, sun, parking or serenity as they see it.  The other side, primarily developers, argues for a better design review process to ensure a unified

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Baby boomers, also known as empty nesters, were the biggest homebuyers in 2013, according to The Washington Post.  Since this group is no longer first time buyers looking for a home for a young family with kids, baby boomers want a home with low-maintenance, walkable communities for their urban daily conveniences, close to shops, restaurants and public transportation where they can age care-free.  These older buyers are now big business for DC homebuilders.

Folks over age 45 without kids under the age of 18 at home, mature couples over age 45 without children and retirees over age 65 make up 45% of all buyers in the DC area in 2013.  This group wants more amenities and are willing to pay more even though these homes are sometimes smaller.  New designs

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Five other major cities in the U.S. have worse traffic congestion problems than DC, according to navigation maker TomTom, but that’s not much comfort for DC drivers stuck in traffic commuting to and from work on a daily basis.  DC ranks #6—same as last year-- in TomTom’s Traffic Index study.  Los Angeles continues to hold the same spot as the past 6 years, coming in at #1.  The Top 5 worst traffic rankings are: Los Angeles, San Francisco, Honolulu, Seattle and San Jose.  The least congested metro area? Phoenix.

Washington drivers average 67 hours and 32 gallons of gas each year sitting in traffic, according to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute.  In the nation’s most congested cities, drivers face peak hour

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DC comes in at #7 in a list of the 10 most walkable cities and neighborhoods in the U.S.  The list, put together by Walk Score, measures how walkable a city is based on access to public transportation, commute times, bike friendliness and proximity to amenities.  DC’s most walkable neighborhoods, according to Walk Score, include Dupont Circle, Logan Circle, Downtown, Chinatown, and the U Street Corridor.

DC’s transit score, graded by how well a location is served by public transportation, ranks 4th on the national ranking of major cities across the country.  DC only trails New York, San Francisco, and Boston.  In addition, DC comes in at #6 for bike friendliness---measured by whether a city is good for biking.  A bike-friendly city is defined by its bike

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With the movement of young people, jobs and businesses to big cities, like Washington, DC, there has been a boom in population growth in cities rather than suburbs in most metro areas across the United States.  Cities are now rapidly replacing suburbs as the hub of economic and population growth.  A new study reveals a real urban shift in the nation’s housing market.  Neighborhoods now seen as most desirable are denser, more mixed-use and diverse.  These gentrifying neighborhoods, as they have shifted from lower-to-middle-class to middle-to-upper-class are also getting more expensive to buy homes.

Housing prices in urban neighborhoods were up 11.3%, compared to 10.2% in suburban neighborhoods, according to a new study by Trulia.  Housing prices rose

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