I've been making the argument for a long time that walkable communities are more valuable, see more pricing increases, hold value during economic downturns, etc. than drivable, suburban areas. Now the NYT states that living in walkable communities can show your socioeconomic status. Of course, this is a Chris Leinberger op-ed based upon his recent Brookings Institution study, so its not as if the NYT itself is making this claim. But, its nice to see in those pages.