09 Nov '11, 1pm

Walk Score just keeps getting better - check out these new features

Walk Score just keeps getting better - check out these new features

The popular online neighborhood-rating tool Walk Score is pure genius. It takes a simple (if also sometimes hard to measure accurately) concept – proximity to conveniences within walking distance – and turns it into a measure that can be rated on a 100-point scale. My house gets a “very walkable” 75; my downtown office is a “walker’s paradise” at 97; my suburban in-laws’ house rates a “somewhat walkable” 54. And I learned all three scores in less than a minute: type in an address and you’re there. What Walk Score is telling me is that I can reach more useful places – shops, offices, transit stops, restaurants, and so forth – on foot from my office than from my house, even though I can reach many from my house. And that both house and office are more conveniently located than my in-laws’ place, though there are at least some amenities within a short distance from their hous...

Full article: http://switchboard.nrdc.org/blogs/kbenfield/walk_score_ju...

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