While a recent report showed that Chicagoans are willing to pay a premium to live in more walkable neighborhoods, newly released data reveals that Chicago is one of the national leaders when it comes to new construction occurring in areas with exceptionally high Walk Scores. According to Redfin, a remarkable 89% of new home construction in the Windy City occurred in areas that beat Chicago’s already respectable average Walk Score of 79 — a percentage good enough to earn Chicago second overall spot, behind only Philadelphia. With new residential construction often serving as a catalyst for new retail, jobs, and neighborhood amenities, Chicago’s walkable ’hoods are poised to become that much more pedestrian friendly moving forward.
- Walkable New Construction: 10 Cities Leading the Way [Redfin]
- Report: how much more will Chicagoans pay for greater walkability? [Curbed Chicago]
- Chicago Real Estate Market Report archives [Curbed Chicago]