Tuesday, July 31, 2007

How's Your Walk Score?

Check out this great site: Walk Score. It takes an address, tallies how close it is to things you'd like/need in your life like a grocery store, restaurants, bars, schools, etc. and then gives you a score based on how walkable you are.

I did my own house and I got a 75 out of 100. Not bad.

It's not perfect. It counts the dollar discount grocery store about 2 blocks away that only has a few items as a full fledged "supermarket", but it's good to get a feel. My friend looked up his parents house in suburban Illinois and it got almost a 50 (which was too high, because their house is very much not walkable) but it was because of all the Starbucks nearby. So it's not perfect, but it's still pretty cool.


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At 9:32 PM, Blogger Scenic Artisan said...

seems kinda cool, but most of the address are totally wrong. it puts gallaudet in NW. Anthropologie near the the 3rd street tunnel.

and a bunch of stuff in my hood i 've ever heard of.

At 3:38 AM, Blogger Dasha said...

I believe that walk score is cool, but nowadays more and more people prefer to drive cars. 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 drivescore.fizber.com 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. It doesn’t mean that drive score is better than walk score – they are equal and both necessary in the modern world!

At 8:50 AM, Blogger C4bl3Fl4m3 said...

Dasha: Part of the point of this blog is to get people to stop using their cars and to use other modes of transportation more. Hence, a site that shows you how easy it is to walk to get your needs met is quite a cool thing indeed.

(If only we could get it to work right.)


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