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Many top land planing experts, economists and local leaders met yesterday in Downtown Fort Myers to discuss land planning for the next 25 years in the Fort Myers area.  The general consensus was that a shift is underway in America back to urban city lifestyles away from suburbia.  Generation X wants to live in a vibrant urban setting with walkability very high on the list of desirable community characteristics.

Much of Florida has been developed as a huge car-dependent suburbia with gated communities located away from downtown cores.  As new developers come along, they have pushed development further inward away from the coast and downtown cores.  Collectively, Florida needs to figure out how to motivate re-development in and near existing downtown cores, rather than plowing in the next palmetto field.

A question that we often get asked is, are there any neighborhoods or developments in Fort Myers that promote a car-free existence?

While Fort Myers will never be confused with the car-free urban lifestyle opportunities in major cities like New York, Chicago and Washington, DC, we do have some developments that are highly walkable on a daily basis.  Here are our picks for most walkable Fort Myers area developments:

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  1. You always leave out the more affordable condo’s and housing that are right outside of downtown, which is within walking distance of the Publix, the Park, The Downtown River District and Joe’s Crab Shack.

    It seems to me better attention has to be made to some of the quaint housing off of MacGregor Blvd on the west side and some of the small condo’s that are affordable and quaint, but not in the main hub. I am particularly thinking of the small condo right off of Macgregor The Woodbriar. Not everyone wants to or can afford to live in the highrises, and these are great alternatives. That is what made some big cities so great–the mix of homes, apartments and affordability. I would love to see some articles on this area.

  2. That is a great idea, there are so many wonderful neighborhoods along McGregor Boulevard south of downtown that just don’t get as much ink as the high-rises. Over time, I suspect that these neighborhoods will increasingly attract new residents that want to be within walking distance of Downtown.