The idea of walkable communities isn't some newfangled tree-huger movement. It's actually a conservative approach that says, "Let's bring our communities back to the way they used to be".
When PennDOT rebuilds Exit 308 (the East Stroudsburg exit at Prospect St.) in the next few years, it will add or upgrade more than a mile of sidewalks.
We plotted every sidewalk, pathway, and trail within the borough and found 34 miles of pedestrian infrastructure already in place.
According to Former US Transportation Secretary (and Republican) Ray LaHood a walkable community is "a community where you can take kids to school, go to work, see a doctor, go to the grocery store, have dinner and a movie, and play with your kids in a park, all without having to get into a car.”
According to Walk Score, Downtown East Stroudsburg has a Walk Score of 78 out of 100, which the site rates as "Very Walkable" because "most errands can be accomplished on foot".
The CDC offers a Parks and Trails Health Impact Assessment Toolkit to help towns encourage physical activity.
People are discovering walking and the benefits of walkable communities. But what are the forces behind this surge in interest in walkability?
The new Green Line starts in Bartonsville, runs through downtown East Stroudsburg, past Pocono Medical Center and the medical offices along Rt. 447, ending in Eagle Valley.
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