Walkability Assessment: A CBPR Study With the City of Edmonds, WA


edmonds-boatsOver the last year I’ve been in close discussion with the Sustainable Cities Partnership at WWU and am happy to announce that my spring 2017 capstone class (ANTH 454: Community Based Participatory Research) will partner with the City of Edmonds. Working in partnership with several city departments, we will assess the walkability within a region adjacent to downtown, while also examining local walking practices and perceptions of the place.

As the city page explains, Edmonds, is a vibrant city located just 15 miles north of Seattle and 18 miles south of Everett.  It is easy to reach by Amtrak and Sound Transit commuter rail, Community Transit buses, Washington State Ferries, automobiles and bicycles. Edmonds was a well-established town by the turn of the century and the present urban form preserves many characteristics of its historic origins. The community’s location along the west-facing slopes of Puget Sound provides many amenities, including extensive views of the water and Olympic Mountains, access to four beaches and waterfront parks, and convenient access to a compact, walkable downtown area.

I’m starting to meet residents, learn about the local history, and develop a specific proposal the my class… so if you see me come over and say hello!

UPDATE: Read the final Report: Walkability Master 2017.