A goal that emerged from the Build York Summit, that concluded yesterday, was for York to become a walkable community. We here at Roy’s Rants think is a great goal. York has a compact and very historic downtown like Lancaster and Bethlehem.
Urban land use expert, Chris Leinberger from the Brookings Institute was a keynote speaker at the conference and emphasized that York should embrace the “walkable community” strategy to redevelop the city. Walkable communities are desired by college students as well as other segments of the population. Walkable communities have a higher rate of retention once students graduate college and seek employment. York is already a college town so this strategy could be easily implemented and bear fruit quickly.
Downtown Inc. Director, Sonia Huntzinger took this a step further and said York could also capitalize on the city’s hospitals. Hospitals tend to be large employers. Having a vibrant, walkable downtown to present to prospective employees would make recruitment easier for the hospitals.