Journal article

What is walkability? The urban DMA

K Dovey, E Pafka

Urban Studies | Sage Publications | Published : 2019


The concept of urban 'walkability' has come to occupy a key role at the nexus of a series of multidisciplinary fields connecting urban design and planning to broader issues of public health, climate change, economic productivity and social equity. Yet the concept of walkability itself remains elusive - difficult to define or operationalize. Density, functional mix and access networks are well-recognized as key factors: density concentrates more people and places within walkable distances; functional mix produces a greater range of walkable destinations; and access networks mediate flows of traffic between them. This complex synergy of density, mix and access – herein called the urban DMA – l..

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