Atlanta may be one of the largest urban sprawls, but it was recently ranked the 8th most walkable city in a study conducted by researchers at George Washington University and LOCUS, a development group linked to Smart Growth America. Rather than assessing each city as a whole, researchers identified walkable areas in the metro regions, which they called “WalkUPs”. They found 588 total WalkUPs in the U.S.’s 30 largest metro areas, and of those, 27 WalkUPs are located in metro Atlanta.
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East Cobb County has been one of Atlanta’s most desirable suburbs since the 1970s. It’s home to an affluent, educated population, the county’s largest percentage of children under 17, and some of the best schools in the state. For proof of its staying power, consider that East Cobb home prices have held steady during the recession. Also, it’s one of the few areas seeing new construction. The Indian Hills subdivision helped kickstart the area’s development, and it’s still a highly coveted neighborhood in the unofficial center of East Cobb.