Urban geography is the study of cities and urban processes. Fairmont State University, the college “on the hill” and Fairmont, WV are an ideal location for students to explore aspects of urban geography (human geography, geography, geoscience, urban planning and more) through walkability.
The Urban Geography (Spring 2020) class at Fairmont State University created a Walkability Resource for Fairmont State University based on their professional backgrounds. It provides a quick guide to the intersection of urban geography, walkability, and its role in campus community relationships.
Focus on Fairmont State University and neighboring region because the university is a part of the greater community.
“The term walkable has been in use since at least the 18th century (Oxford English Dictionary 2013). In contrast, walkability is a more recent term, relatively rarely defined in dictionaries but in common use. If people are using the terms successfully, why bother to more clearly define them?
2015 A. Forsyth. What is a Walkable Place? The Walkability Debate in Urban Design. Urban Design International 20, 4: 274-292.
ESRI Walkability Community Survey
Complete Communities Kit, University of Delaware
Path Analysis: Measuring Distance