What Should You Look For In Healthy, Walkable Neighborhoods?

My wife and I are considering selling our house and moving.  We believe the time is right, and our family would, in all likelihood, improve our quality of life by getting us closer to amenities and reducing commute times, which would give us more time together as a family.  To make this work though, we would have to end up in a healthy neighborhood, as our current home has no good places to walk, and few amenities.  This has led us to look carefully at what we would hope to find in a new home. A User’s Guide Healthy Walkable Neighborhoods When my wife and I purchased our home; 12-years ago now, we had a handful of criteria that a potential home had to meet.  Like most people I know, those were primarily location, affordability, and square footage.  We wanted a home that gave us a semblance of privacy, so row-houses were out of the question, and convenience wasn’t really high on the list.  At the time, high speed internet wasn’t even available in our community, so that wasn’t even on the table.  Now, the housing situation has changed completely, as have our needs. Many housing experts believe that community design plays an important role in the rising incidence of obesity in the U.S.  Urban design experts determined long ago that the best plans for building healthy neighborhoods would separate housing from industrial and commercial interests.  At the time, pollution, noise, and traffic were high on the list of concerns – for good reasons.  The result of this arrangement has been the evolution of the suburban lifestyle, where homes are...