Strong Towns advocates for financial solvency and productive land use in American cities. Places that are built for people, using traditional development patterns, can help us achieve both of those goals. On the other hand, neighborhood streets with wide lanes, huge clearance zones and other dangerous design features cause thousands of pedestrian and car passenger deaths every year.

People are the indicator species of success, and we know that pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods are more economically productive, healthier and safer. 

We write a lot about walkability at Strong Towns. Here are 5 of our most popular 2016 stories about walkability, explaining why it's important and how we can encourage better walkability in cities and towns across America:

(Top photo by Vladimir Kudinov)