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November 17, 2010

When we bought our home, the walkability of the neighborhood was one of our top priorities.  We landed in Columbia City and enjoy a short walk to the library, the farmer’s market, several parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and retail stores.  When we leave the house, the kids ask “are getting in the car or are we walking?”.  Walkability isn’t just good for the environment, it’s also good for the community, and it’s a lifestyle.  The ease that comes from walking down the block to run a quick errand enriches my life.  And if on the way I run into a neighbor and have a quick chat, even better.  Turns out that the walkability of my neighborhood also benefits my home value.  The website, HouseLogic, has an article that explains how property values go up in neighborhoods with easy access to stores and public transportation.  Another website. WalkScore, is a useful tool if you are shopping for a new home.

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