Make Walking Useful

Most aspects of daily life are close at hand and organized in a way that walking serves them well

  1. Cars are servants, not masters: Avoid expanding roads and lots, which induces demand
  2. Mix the uses: Inclusionary zoning with retail alongside residential
  3. Get the parking right: Price reflects supply and demand
  4. Let transit work: More options to supplement the MBTA

Make Walking Safe

Non-motorists are shielded from automobiles; they must not only be safe but feel safe

  1. Protect the pedestrian: Street parking and wider sidewalks with reduced speed limits
  2. Welcome bikes: Ten bikes can park in the space of a single car; the typical bike lane handles five to ten times the traffic volume of a car lane twice its width

Make Walking Comfortable

Buildings and landscape shape urban streets into ‘outdoor living rooms,’ in contrast to wide-open spaces, which usually fail to attract pedestrians

  1. Shape the spaces: Active facades instead of street-facing parking lots
  2. Plant trees: Green is good for health and happiness

Make Walking Interesting

Sidewalks are lined by unique buildings with friendly faces and signs of humanity abound

  1. Make friendly and unique faces: Local retail instead of drugstores and banks
  2. Pick your winners: Focus on Newton’s village centers

Nonantum

Very Walkable

Walk Score®

70

out of 100

Nonantum is the 1st most walkable neighborhood in Newton.

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Newtonville

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

66

out of 100

Newton Highlands

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

62

out of 100

Newton Center

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

60

out of 100

West Newton

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

59

out of 100

Newton Upper Falls

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

58

out of 100

Thompsonville

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

55

out of 100

Auburndale

Somewhat Walkable

Walk Score®

50

out of 100

Newton Corner

Car-Dependent

Walk Score®

49

out of 100

Newton Lower Falls

Car-Dependent

Walk Score®

40

out of 100

Waban

Car-Dependent

Walk Score®

38

out of 100

Waban is the 11th most walkable neighborhood in Newton.

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Chestnut Hill

Car-Dependent

Walk Score®

35

out of 100

Oak Hill

Car-Dependent

Walk Score®

16

out of 100

Oak Hill is the 13th most walkable neighborhood in Newton.

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