Tuesday, February 10, 2009

My 'Hood Is Not Walkable

I discovered this interesting site called Walk Score.

It calculates the walkability of an address by locating nearby stores, restaurants, schools, parks, etc.

(Walk Score is just an approximation of walkability, though. There are a number of factors that contribute to walkability that are not part of the math such as public transit, street width, street design, and pedestrian-friendly community design. However, for the most part, I would say it's still paints a fairly accurate picture.)

I excitedly put in our address, and it showed that our neighborhood is only 32% walkable.

Basically, we are very car dependent. Boo.

But THIS explains why we are hermits!

I personally think if we lived in a more walkable-friendly area, hubs and I would get out and socialize more. We hate having to drive everywhere, especially in the horrific DC traffic.

Ideally, I would like to live somewhere that has the best of both city convenience and suburb perks. Hubs and I always talk about moving to San Francisco, which, coincidentally, is rated as #1 most walkable city in America!

What's your Walk Score? (It's so easy to use, try it!)

4 comments:

  1. Great site! Mine scored an 86, but I figured NYC would rank up there :)

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  2. It's funny how it called your starbucks a grocery store...

    My neighborhood rates a 32 out of 100 — So I am Car-Dependent too.

    Thanks for mentioning yet another cool site! I got my personal font yesterday - thanks to you! :)

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  3. Hehe, I am so glad you guys are trying out these neat things. Thanks for playing!!

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  4. I knew it, but now I have hard facts to back up my conclusion that Oakton, VA sucks ass. Yup!

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