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Interview with the Wall Street Journal on Walkability in Suburbia

Capital Village in Rancho Cordova, CA

Capital Village - Rancho Cordova, CAI was interviewed by the Wall Street Journal and the article appeared in yesterday’s Real Estate section. The article is titled “A Walker’s Guide to Home Buying.” Here is the paragraph to which I contributed:

“A walkable neighborhood doesn’t necessarily have to be in the city center. And it doesn’t have to be more expensive. Eric Fredericks decided in September that, with the housing tax credit, it made more sense to buy than to keep renting. Planning on kids, he and his wife wanted a three-bedroom house in Sacramento, Calif. “We never considered living in suburbia,” he says. But they found a new development in a suburb called Rancho Cordova organized around a main street, with stores and restaurants. Their 2009 house is six inches away from the house next door and a couple of blocks from the town center. It cost $240,000, half what he says he would have paid for a comparable place downtown.”

You can read more of the article here.

I really enjoyed being featured as the “human element” of the article. I think if Ms. Keates had mentioned that I was an urban planner or walkability consultant, then the message probably would not be as effective. I hope the article will plant a seed in the mind of someone that may not have thought about living in a walkable neighborhood before, but might now consider it an important factor in their future moving decisions.

The article didn’t mention the name of my neighborhood, Capital Village (pictured above), or that we live within a short walk of my wife Sarah’s office. I am going to write more about Capital Village in weeks to come.

A special thanks to Ms. Keates for writing an excellent article.

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  • Dan July 7, 2010, 8:19 am

    Congrats on the interview! My only experience with Rancho Cordova is nearly being wacked by another car on a very high speed arterial with lots of sprawl development! I believe it was Sunrise Blvd so this is certainly news to me!

  • parag pareek March 25, 2012, 3:09 pm

    hello, and thanks for the article and the presentation’s ppt on walkable neighbourhoods.
    its refreshing to see such volunteer work and initiative, especially from those working in the professional field.

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