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Those were among of the conclusions of recent Brookings Institution study on walkable neighborhoods in the Washington region. The study ranked 71 neighborhoods in D.C., Maryland and Virginia for walkability, measuring everything from aesthetics and connectivity to density and public spaces and parks.

Along with Georgetown and Courthouse, downtown D.C., Penn Quarter/Chinatown, and the National Harbor led the charge as being most pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods. On the other end, sitting at the bottom of the list were New York Avenue, Naylor Road and Landover Road. A number of other D.C. neighborhoods fared well, including Cleveland Park, Columbia Heights, Kalorama, NoMa, and U Street; Bethesda, Crystal City, Ballston, and Shirlington similarly stood high on the walkable scale.

The report also found that walkable neighborhoods tend to be better off than non-walkable alternatives, boasting higher commercial and residential property values and rent potential and that its residents tend to be better educated.

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