downsizingenvironmental designTransportation November 2, 2010

Less Traffic = More Friends!

I was just over at and was fascinated by this research. This revealing study was completed back in 1981 by Donald Appleyard (1928-1982), who was a Professor of Urban Design at the University of California, Berkeley. It clearly shows that neighborhoods that had less traffic were more social – its residents had more friends! Check out the video!

Revisiting Donald Appleyard’s Livable Streets from Streetfilms on Vimeo.

With evidence like this and the promise for more fun, more friends and a greener earth, why wouldn’t you want to downsize and live in a pedestrian friendly community? I mean, really, cars are so over rated.

Want more info on this kind of urban planning and the most walkable cities in the U.S.? Check out this! Yes! Portland is on the list!

Have a fabulous Tuesday!