Tuesday, March 10, 2009

How walkable is your neighborhood?

Have you ever calculated your Walk Score? Walk Score helps people find walkable places to live. I am a city dweller and I feel very lucky to have access to my daily needs by foot. Someone today was telling me how they are moving to 40 acres a few counties north of Seattle. I honestly can't imagine. I really can't even imagine living in the suburbs. Within a half mile of my house, I have access to a grocery store, a library, ten restaurants, four coffee shops, a gas station, a drug store, the post office, four preschools, 2 schools (one public and one private) and numerous other shops (books store, wine bar, boutiques, etc). My 'hood scored an 89 out of 100.

How does your neighborhood score?


  1. I got a 18 out of 100!! HAHA

  2. Being able to walk to places and not have to get in the car is very liberating and that's something that I love. Luckily I get a little taste of it when I walk outside my office.

  3. That is a cool tool, although I'm not sure how accurate it is. It didn't list a few restaurants, etc that are actually in my neighborhood. In any case, my address gets a 42 out of 100. Not great. I live in a pretty urban suburb of Chicago. I can walk to a library, bakeries, train, restaurants, banks, coffee shops, hardware store, school. I really can't walk to the grocery, even though it's only 1.5 miles away unless I pull a wagon for all my groceries. But in the summer, especially, there are many days that I don't use my car at all. We looked at other suburbs that were MUCH more car-oriented and I decided I couldn't do it for that reason.

    Someone was moving to a house on 40 acres? That's not suburban! That's rural!

  4. You DO have the best neighborhood for walking... something I miss a lot about living in Denver. I could see myself splitting my time between a downtown dwelling and a 100 acre ranch in the middle of Montana or someplace you do not see a soul - only nature and animals (my husband being one of those animals!). My soul rides the fence... I need both solitude and a social outlet!