Final NRDC Over-the-Rhine Post

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The Natural Resources Defense Council Blog has its fourth and  final post about Over-the-Rhine:

A central location is by far the most helpful to reducing driving rates, followed by the presence of transit service, neighborhood walkability, a mix of commercial and residential locations in the neighborhood, and neighborhood density.

OTR has all of these in abundance and, as a result, has terrific transportation performance.  Census data indicate that OTR residents drive alone to work only about a third as much as residents from the state of Ohio as a whole; OTR residents are 12 times more likely to take transit to work than residents of the state as a whole.  And, while one might be tempted to dismiss those differences as simply the product of OTR’s low average income, there’s another telling number that cannot be so easily dismissed: 27 percent of OTR residents walk to work, compared to only 2.4 percent for the state as a whole.  That is location efficiency, and that is also why I contend that inner-city revitalization is one of the very best things we can do to lower our overall per-capita carbon footprint.

These numbers will only get better with the arrival of the streetcar, which now has a development team appointed by the city, and with the ongoing and planned upgrades to the neighborhood’s sidewalks and pedestrian-friendly streetscape.

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