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Walking to the White House

Posted By Melissa Stanton On May 12, 2014 @ 5:00 pm In Livable Communities | No Comments

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (right) greets walkability expert (and White House honoree) Dan Burden.

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx (right) greets walkability expert (and White House honoree) Dan Burden.

Updated May 13, 2014: If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so.

As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was recognized as a “Transportation Ladders of Opportunity” Champion of Change.

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Each week, the White House Champions of Change program recognizes “ordinary Americans [who] are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world.” Burden, who consults for AARP and contributes to the Livable Communities blog, was among 11 individuals honored for providing “exemplary leadership to ensure that transportation facilities, services, and jobs help individuals and their communities connect to the 21st century opportunities.”

The White House “Transportation Ladders of Opportunity” Champions of Change.

Read some of Dan’s recent blog posts to learn more about his mission to get us on our feetĀ – and talking more about walking:


Photos by Jeanne Anthony


Melissa StantonMelissa Stanton is a project manager and editor on the AARP Livable Communities Team.

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