20 Jul '11, 3pm

Walkscore Rates the Most Walkable Cities In America. Is It A Useful Metric?

Walkscore Rates the Most Walkable Cities In America. Is It A Useful Metric?

Yesterday I wrote about a mom who was convicted of vehicular homicide after her son was killed by a drunk hit-and-run, because she crossed the street from a bus stop without walking almost half a mile to the traffic light. Today Walkscore has released its list of America's most walkable cities and I wondered what the walkscore of poor Raquel Nelson's home is, where this accident happened. It is an astonishingly low 20 , in Marietta, Georgia which has a walkscore of 45. Walkscore is an incredibly powerful tool that shines a light on the tragedy of planning and urban design in North America; that poor people are forced to live in areas with no books, no shopping, no entertainment, no banking. And as Raquel Nelson demonstrated, no traffic lights. It's nice to know that the ten most walkable cities are 1) New York, 2) San Francisco, 3) Boston, 4)Chicago, 5) Philadelphia, 6) Se...

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