Did you know?
Like many states, Pennsylvania has a municipality code that requires the separation of land uses via zoning laws. This type of zoning fosters sprawl by isolating residents of housing developments from workplaces, shopping centers, schools, and entertainment districts. Combine these isolated islands of development types with low-density growth, and residents have little choice but to drive to work, to the store, and to community events.
Studies have shown that mix-use communities, where residential buildings are within walking distance of offices, restaurants, retail, civic spaces, and public transport significantly reduces a community’s dependence on cars, preserves green space and natural resources, and promotes economic development. That’s because when a community is walkable and services are close by and accessible, residents are less likely to drive.