Walk Score

http://walkscore.com/

Ever wondered how walkable your area is? Have you been looking at an area to live, but couldn’t quite get a grasp on how many shops, libraries, parks, and schools could be reached by foot? Hit up the link above to get your Walk Score. You simply type in your address and the website spits out a number between 1 and 100. The higher the score, the less you would need to use a car, bike, or public transit for daily trips. It’s 100% perfect. Some smaller business don’t show up. My favorite place to get a sandwich or Italian goodies like amaretto cookies is Jimmy’s Italian Market, but alas, they get no props. (Seriously, if you are in the area and don’t mind meat, try their muffuletta. Ridiculously good.) It is still a great tool. I found some shops in my area that I didn’t even know existed.

By the way, my neighborhood scored a 58. Not near a 100, but pretty good for Dallas! Feel free to share your neighborhood’s score in the comments.

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4 Responses to “Walk Score”


  1. 1 Hargain June 9, 2008 at 8:42 pm

    Another great tool to use to find out about your neighborhood is metroseeq.com, it shows discounts in my neighborhood. Hope it works for you too!

  2. 2 michaelpopovici June 10, 2008 at 8:36 am

    Thanks Hargain. Cool website. Looks like it is based out of Portland. One of my favorite cities. 🙂

  3. 3 Nike June 12, 2008 at 10:07 am

    Why only walk score? Maybe also we should use drive score.It’s already used by sellers from Fizber.com.
    Try!!!!I think that “drive score” is really a good idea !

  4. 4 michaelpopovici June 12, 2008 at 10:30 am

    Nike,

    I think that the idea behind creating sites like walkscore is that it is an attempt at addressing problems with our current transportation infrastructure. While they are effective up to a certain point, highways, roads, etc. created for petroleum fueled vehicles have a diminishing return. We could build more and more, but when you widen a highway and it is clogged as soon as you open it (as is the case in DFW), you need to look for alternatives.

    Most people know about the shops they can access with their car. Walking is what is yet to be a habit in most of our cities.

    All these tools (walkscore.com, google mass-transit directions, etc.) are here for when people decide to take a different approach to transportation.

    -M


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