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What’s Your Walk Score?

5 November 2007

Walk Score tells us that it here to “help homebuyers, renters, and real estate agents find houses and apartments in great neighborhoods,” but what they mean is they provide a high-quality way to fritter away some time checking out the walkability of every place you, your family or your friends have ever lived.  And comparing your walk score to theirs.  I wish I had seen this website before I moved this summer so I could compare walk scores of different locations – and will certainly use it to do so in the future!

Although it is admittedly not perfect, Walk Score is a great tool for people who want to live in more sustainable communities.  Imagine living in a neighborhood where you don’t have to drive to go grocery shopping, pick up household essentials, go out to eat or go to the gym.  Obviously, less driving is better for the environment and helps us connect with our communities.

My current apartment scored a  77 out of 100, which puts me squarely in the “very walkable” category – a nice change from the neighborhood I grew up in which scored an embarrassing “not walkable” score of 43.  Ouch.

What’s your walk score?

5 Comments leave one →
  1. gbrandstrom permalink
    8 November 2007 5:13 pm

    My house just got a big fat ZERO!!! Closest thing is 4 miles away… That is pretty sad. My last house scored a 63. I traded down. 😦

  2. 14 November 2007 5:55 am

    I believe that walk score is convenient, but nowadays more and more people drive cars. In addition homes are often located in an area where some establishments are easier to get to by car than on foot. I’ve recently found a type of service on Fizber which is called Drive Score. It shows a map of what establishments are in your neighborhood and calculates a Drive Score based on the number of places within a convenient driving distance.

  3. 14 November 2007 2:53 pm

    Drive Score is interesting, but it’s important to keep in mind that driving a car is harmful to the environment. If communities were built such that it was convenient to walk more places, we would drive less and thus rack up lower carbon footprints. Not to mention weigh less, be more familiar with our neighbors and get outside more!

  4. Keith permalink
    19 November 2007 3:54 pm

    Booyakasha! 62! I think they should create a bike score. Isabel, move out of the burbs and then you’ll see how easy it is to live without a car. Bike to work, bike to the grocery store, bike everywhere and get your exercise while going to your desired destination. I saw an article that Minneapolis/St. Paul ranks #2 in the nation for bicycle commuters only behind Portland. Post 35W bridge/gas hike, more and more people are turning to biking as an alternative. Metro transit ridership seems to have dramatically increased as well.

  5. 3 December 2007 4:42 am

    ha-ha-ha! Bike score is a wonderful idea!!!!!

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