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Using GIS to create a Walkability Index Map for
Sustainable Urban Form

Hwa Saup Lee


Geographic focus: USA / Brighton Township, Michigan

Date completed: 2002

The concept of a ‘walkable community’ serves as a measurable indicator of quality of life at the neighborhood level. Walkable communities reduce auto dependency, provide access to amenities, and encourage the development of a vibrant neighborhood. Hwa Saup Lee, a student from Brighton Township, Michigan, used GIS to create a walkable index map to aid future land use planning. Hwa Saup recommended that officials use such an index to evaluate existing communities and to guide future development.

Topics / keywords: Walkability; Sustainability; Urban  

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