Shopping Opportunities. Neighborhood shopping enhances convenience, shortens trips, and reduces driving and traffic. Nearby work, shopping, education and recreation destinations shorten trips. But much zoning since 1940 prohibits markets and restaurants in residential areas, outlawing development of convenient communities.
Source for Calculation:
Calculations are based upon data developed for the Location Efficient Mortgage‚ studies of the Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco regions by the Institute for Location Efficiency (Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Neighborhood Technology and Surface Transportation Policy Project). The nearly 3000 neighborhoods are the Metropolitan Planning Agencies’ (CATS, SCAG and MTC, respectively) travel analysis zones, generally a census tract or two. This analysis applies to neighborhoods in metropolitan areas or within commuting distance of major job centers, not to isolated rural towns. Location efficiency lowers auto costs and can qualify you for a Location Efficient Mortgage‚.
Shopping = 0.1704 + 0.4814 Density. [R2 = 0.32]
4 = little shopping nearby
40 = abundant shopping
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