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Portland ranks in second tier of walkable metro areas

The Portland metropolitan area ranked as the seventh-most walkable metropolis in the U.S. in a report released Tuesday by Smart Growth America.

Washington D.C. and its suburbs scored the top spot, followed by New York City, Boston, San Francisco, Chicago and Seattle.

Portland ranked in the top of the second tier. The authors noted that Portland has a national reputation for walkable urbanism, but found that 90 percent of its walkable urban space is concentrated within the central city. Those metro areas scoring higher tended to have more walkable areas in their suburbs.

The report, called Foot Traffic Ahead, was produced by professors at the George Washington School of Business in Washington D.C.

To read the report: http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/documents/foot-traffic-ahead.pdf.

Steve Law can be reached at 503-546-5139 or stevelaw@portlandtribune.com .

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