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Evanston makes another Top 10 list

A Canadian academic, writing this weekend in the Wall Street Journal, names Evanston one of the 10 "most successful walkable suburbs in the U.S."

A Canadian academic, writing this weekend in the Wall Street Journal, names Evanston one of the 10 "most successful walkable suburbs in the U.S."

Richard Florida, of the Martin Prosperity Institute at the University of Toronto, based his list on education levels, per capita income and travel time to work.

Bethesda, Md., ranked first on the list. Evanston came in fourth, beating out our neighbors to the north in Lake Forest, which ranked ninth and the Seattle suburb of Kirkland, Wash., which came in 10th.

Florida’s story in the Journal focuses on efforts "edge city" suburbs — generally farther from the central city and more dependent on the automobile — are undertaking to re-invent themselves to become more walkable, as the appeal of a car-focused culture diminishes.

Florida is also the author of the book "The Rise of the Creative Class" — which coined the term that’s become a buzzword for Evanston leaders seeking ways to bring more economic development to the city.

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