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"It all comes down to we as Americans are not getting the amount of physical activity that we need," said Mary Michaels, healthy community specialist for the city.

in the Cathedral neighborhood, officials will be counting on residents to do self analysis on one of the oldest and most diverse areas of the city. New Balance 880v4

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The Cathedral neighborhood runs from Spring Avenue three blocks west to Prairie Avenue between Fifth and 10th streets. Those 15 city blocks include six miles of sidewalk.

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To change that, volunteers will hit the sidewalks.

Oliver compares the neighborhood to a coin with two sides. "Everything that's an asset is also a challenge," she said. Many of the old properties require a deft hand for upkeep.

The city has responded to requests to improve alley lighting and has provided dump passes for cleanups. A drug problem has declined because "neighbors started watching closely," Oliver said. One problem still unsettled is truck traffic on Sixth Street, but the city recently posted signs to regulate that. Neighbors have a newsletter that Gail Cain edits. They also meet four times a year for social events, including a potluck.

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The second walk audit will be part of a downtown health summit beginning June 19 in the Holiday Inn City Centre. at the main branch of the public library. The event is free. June 20 at the Holiday Inn at what city officials New Balance White And Pink

´╗┐Historic area's sidewalk brigade will scout smooth path to fitness

A city health initiative is expanding to see whether neighborhoods have safe and smooth sidewalks, and as a way to find out, officials will let the neighbors do the walking.

The streets are among the steepest in town, making a walk a laborious matter on the best of days. Properties, some shaggy and some trim, have had varying degrees of attention.

After the cleanup, they end up back at the church for refreshments.

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Sioux Falls officials are introducing a practice they call a "walk audit" to tour neighborhoods and evaluate them for safety, quality of sidewalks, crosswalks and traffic. Saturday. Neighbors will meet at Augustana Lutheran Church, 235 N. Prairie Ave., break into teams to pick up litter, go through a checklist concerning sidewalks and safety issues, then return to the church for dessert and to discuss what they found.

Health officials are introducing an event they call a "walk audit" to examine the quality of the pedestrian experience in Sioux Falls. Saturday in the Cathedral Historic District. Residents from the neighborhood will meet at Augustana Lutheran Church at 235 N. Prairie Ave., then fan out in groups to examine the earth beneath their feet. But they will have a new purpose this year to check sidewalks for bumps, cracks, debris and other hazards and then report the results to City Hall.

Oliver and her husband, Jim, enjoy living in their 1909 home at Sixth Street and Prairie Avenue. He walks eight blocks to work at the downtown library. She rides her bicycle a mile to EmBe, where she teaches water aerobics.

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"Everybody brings trash bags and gloves, then they buddy up with somebody they don't know and go pick up litter," said Bev Oliver, 66, one of the event's boosters.

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Officials expect more walk audits in other neighborhoods as part of the city's Live Well initiative to support active lifestyles.

"We want to find out what would make a neighborhood more walkable," Michaels said. "What are the barriers? You want to see if the sidewalks are good, if there's enough room for a wheelchair. You look at the curb cuts, the crosswalks and signals. Are there bushes in the way? Is there lighting? Is it safe enough?"

"Walk audit" is the latest lingo in the national vocabulary of urban planners studying how to entice city dwellers to be more active. Sioux Falls is in the middle of that movement. Walk audits here will become part of a larger priority to check for overall "walkability" and "bikability" as two key measures of a city's "active transportation."

The area is multicultural, so neighbors learn "to get along with people when language is not the same, when values and background are not the same."

Residents there organized their first "litter pickup and pie social" on May 2, 2009, and followed New Balance White Sneakers with similar events in 2010 and 2011. They skipped last year because of scheduling conflicts but are resuming this year in conjunction with the walk audit.

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call a "community leaders breakfast." It is by invitation only.

A second walk will be downtown June 19, with others to follow.

"If we don't know one another, we don't trust one another. To me, to work together is the best way to get to know somebody and to build trust," Oliver said. She expects good results Saturday "as long as we maintain an active, friendly, involved community attitude."

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Such strategies are no small item on the government radar. The city is receiving $790,000 in federal money over five years, about $1 per resident per year, in a community grant to support what has become the multifaceted Live Well Sioux Falls initiative. Under that banner is a second grant, for $19,450 from Wellmark, a private health insurer, to support the walk audits. In each case, the grant money is advanced to the city on the theory that spending upfront will mean savings later in the form of lower health care costs.

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