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Connectivity Evaluation Resources

Access to opportunities is a core livability theme. People in livable communities are more likely to have access to full service grocery stores, employment centers, medical services, recreational resources, and civic resources. Transportation facilities and services connect people to these opportunities.

Connectivity as a concept is an extension of accessibility. Moving between spaces is important only if there are opportunities at the destination. Connectivity can be improved through new transportation facilities, such roads or sidewalks, or through enhanced services, such as improved bus frequency.

Land development patterns are the flip side of the connectivity coin. As the mix of resources in an area changes, so do the opportunities for people that can get to that area or already live there. Connectivity is having access to the opportunity, whether it's moving people or locating new opportunity.

The resources in this collection are provided to demonstrate the concept of connectivity and highlight examples of how various practitioners are communicating connectivity measures within their communities and identifying improvement strategies. We invite you to share additional data, methods, and examples via the comment form. Simply provide a brief description and a web link or literature reference via the contact link for this page.

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Updated: 5/4/2016
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