Study: Atlanta ranks No. 8 for walkable areas

It often seems that every week brings a new report underscoring metro Atlanta’s woeful sprawl and its host of associated ills. Well, here’s a bit of better news. A report to be released today ranks the growth of walkable areas in the country’s 30 largest areas, and here's the stunner: Atlanta comes in eighth place.

Report: Atlanta is the most sprawling big metro in the U.S.

The study examined the correlation between sprawl and economic mobility. People who live in high-sprawl metro areas have lower rates of economic opportunity than those who live in more densely developed cities. “A low income person in a compact area has much better access to jobs,” said lead research Reid Ewing.

Shirley Franklin: “I regret that I didn’t do more”

In an interview with National Journal published yesterday, two-term Atlanta mayor Shirley Franklin was asked about the metro region's abysmal ranking for social mobility and how economic inequality could—or should—be addressed by local politicians.

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