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July Photo Series: Exploring the Walkability of America in 30 Days

Each day this month, I plan on posting a new photo that I shot in a town or city across the United States. I have looked through thousands of photos from the last five years and selected my favorite walkability-related photo from that town. I then ranked the best photo from each town against all of the other towns and selected the top 30. Tomorrow, I will unveil photo number 30 and will count down backwards until July 31 when the top photo is unveiled.

This was a very difficult and time-consuming process, so I hope you enjoy this series. There were many surprise cuts and the cities near the top are also surprising.

I shot the photo above on a rainy day at a farm field near Yellow Springs, Ohio (they are very serious about preventing sprawl in Yellow Springs). This photo is bit different from what you will see over the next month, but I thought it sets a great tone for the series. All of the photos in this series are the antithesis of sprawl.

I admit that there are probably too many West Coast towns in this series, but I also hope that you’ll find a good mix of places from across the country. Several major cities I have not visited in the last five years, did not make the cut, or I have yet to visit.

Speaking of cities that did not make the cut, these were the last five photos not to be selected for the series:

Urbana, IL – The University of Illinois Quad

Morgan Hill, CA – Downtown

Napa, CA – Downtown

Calistoga, CA – Downtown

Indianapolis, IN – The Indiana State Capitol Building

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