Interesting article by Professor Richard Florida in the Atlantic Monthly. He finds that six out of ten people would like to live in a good walkable community.
I agree that a good walkable community is attractive. It is relatively simple to make a good walkable residential neighborhood where people can safely walk in and to nearby neighborhoods. But Americans also like low density living - single family homes - and our commercial centers are large and draw from a very large market area - much larger then walking distance. Still compact contiguous walkable communities are desirable, and we planners and developers will keep trying to make them better.
Read the article on the link below: