How walking helps the economy and could change your life

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By Conrad Collaco

There are 18 walking tours of the city taking place on Saturday, May 2, 2015 alone

What’s the best place to take a walk in Hamilton? What about in your neighbourhood?

Author Dan Rubenstein explains why walking can change your life, is good for the planet and can be a major boost for the local economy. His new book is called Born to Walk: the Transformative Power of a Pedestrian Act.

The website walkscore.com rates how easy it is to get around your town or neighbourhood by walking. And it gives Hamilton a score of 51 out of 100.

So tell us, Hamilton. Where are the best places to take a walk in Hamilton? Where are the worst?

A new study of the history of Hamilton neighbourhoods says the city’s housing boom has hit historically declining neighbourhoods partly because those areas have a high ‘walkability’ rating. That means residents can walk to facilities, services and businesses. The area around 118 James St. N., CBC Hamilton’s office, rates a 99 out of 100 on the walkscore.com scale, a rating that is described on the site as a “walker’s paradise” with “excellent transit.”
 

Article and image source: CBC Hamilton

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