Walkable Art: An Empirical Investigation of Arts-Related Businesses and Walkable Neighborhoods

Elizabeth A. Mack, Emily Talen, Julia Koschinsky

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The goal of this study is to quantitatively examine the relationship between walkability and arts-related businesses in metropolitan areas across the United States. Model results indicate that the relationship between arts businesses and walkability is sensitive to the size or scale of the business considered, as well as to the definition of the arts used. Larger-scale businesses are somewhat more likely to locate in walkable neighborhoods than are small-scale arts-related businesses, which are less likely to locate in walkable neighborhoods. This difference is likely due to the higher cost of property in these neighborhoods. In this regard, community-level economic development and planning entities need to take proactive measures to ameliorate the cost externalities associated with modifications to urban environments to make them more walkable.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)149-163
Number of pages15
JournalEconomic Development Quarterly
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 1 2017


  • arts
  • business location
  • creative cities
  • economic development
  • walkability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Development
  • Economics and Econometrics
  • Urban Studies


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