1. Ithaca, N.Y.
Ithaca has the highest percentage — 15.4% — of residents who walk to work. With two colleges in the area, Ithaca College and Ivy League Cornell University, students, professors and staff all support a walkable city. When school starts, the city’s population of 30,000 more than triples, to 100,000.
Many theaters, parks and festivals bolster the college-town feel. Ithaca’s commitment to pedestrians was exhibited in 1974, when the two-block Ithaca Commons pedestrian mall, was created. Now a central business district, the mall offers shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, and the walkway is dotted with trees, benches and sculptures.
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