Walk Score has posted their 2011 walkability rankings for 2500 cities across the country including many in Michigan.
The rankings show that the 65 largest cities in Michigan have an average walk score of 46. The most walkable cities in Michigan are Hamtramck, Ferndale, and Madison Heights. The least walkable cities are Forest Hills, Allendale, and Norton Shores.
Physical design and walkability is one of 8 key assets of vibrant, 21st century communities as identified by the League's "Center for 21st Century Communities."
Be sure to join fellow local officials from across the state at the League's annual convention, October 4-7 in Grand Rapids to hear how the kinds of places that people are attracted to are being built in Michigan and across the country.
Arnold Weinfeld is Director of Strategic Initiatives and Federal Affairs for the Michigan Municipal League. He can be reached at 517-908-0304 or by e-mail.