Definitions

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  • adj. Able to be walked.
  • adj. Short enough or close enough to be accessible by walking.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Fit to be walked on; capable of being walked on or over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Fit for walking; capable of being walked on.

Etymologies

walk +‎ -able (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • In the period after the widespread ownership of the automobile, but before zoning codes became widespread, the most common neighborhood design consisted of single-family homes on individual lots of about 4000-7500 square feet, close to the sidewalk, in walkable neighborhoods.

    Matthew Yglesias » All Planning is Planning

  • People want to live in walkable, high quality, urban areas.

    Ginna Kelly: Sprawl and Cappuccino Cowboys

  • They are so handy and so necessary for shoppers who live in walkable cities/villages.

    Shopping Local Style

  • In most metropolitan areas, only 5 to 10 percent of the housing stock is located in walkable urban places (including places like downtown White Plains and Belmar).

    The Next Slum?

  • We could, if we wanted to, make the local school campus a 24/7 center of the community, with clinics, social centers and dining facilities, community college and technical training, low income and mixed use housing development, pools and playfields, all in walkable distance of one another, reducing the cost of each individual effort and maximizing the use we get from each building.

    Matthew Yglesias » Public Health Versus Health Care Financing

  • Because people are willing to both pay for convenience (downtown shopping in walkable distance) and desirous of discount bulk shopping.

    Yet Another Shopping Center at cvillenews.com

  • Just forget the daydream that we’re all going to live in walkable urban areas – we’ve been CLUSTERING into tight groups of similar people since the the Internet happened.

    Matthew Yglesias » Housing and Transportation

  • Here's a look at Tusculum, a home in the town of Princeton, N. J — which was identified as a walkable community in a 2007 study by The Brookings Institution.

    Princeton Manse Comes with Walking Privileges

  • They put zero effort into the idea of walkable communities, or restoring the railroad system, which will be the reality-based remedies for the car-dependency problem.

    Latest Articles

  • It's located in one of those carefully pleasant outdoor shopping oases -- designed to be "walkable," with shoppers tripping from Coldwater Creek to Origin, but difficult to reach without a car.

    David Sedaris, sharing his slights-of-life tales

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