Monday, August 8, 2011


Living within a quick drive to work, the store, school or public transportation is nice, but only having all of those items a few blocks away makes your neighborhood "walkable."

Although walking tours are quite rate in Malaysia, we need to spend time judging the distance between residents and amenities and ranking places based on the results. This "walkability" study can also determine the possibility of organizing walking tours.

Ideal walking neighborhoods have either a main street or public space at the center, enough people to keep public transit running frequently and a good mix of housing and businesses. Parks and other public spaces make up a large part of the equation, as do amenities designed around pedestrians, nearby schools and workplaces and "complete streets" designed for pedestrians, cyclists and transit.

Very often, you'll see a good pedestrian design with sidewalks and crosswalks that make a city more accessible and walkable. Even in cities that on the whole aren't that walkable, there are neighborhoods that are great places to walk.

We can insists that a walkable neighborhood adds an increase to a home's selling price and cities with major tourist spot can provide for a good walking tour.

Take Kuala Lumpur for example. Any tourist who's seen Dataran Merdeka and stopped into Bangunan Sultan Abdul Samad and directions can tell you that the city's most walkable neighborhoods in City Centre, the Masjid India, Lebuh Ampang and China Touwn and along the riverfront are some of the easiest to navigate in the city. What locals probably won't tell is just how easy it is to get around Maslid Negara, Bird Park, Orchid Garden, the Lake Gardens and its surrounding neighborhoods.

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