Wednesday, June 25, 2008

walk score


Another cool find from Ode Magazine, Walk Score analyzes how walkable your neighborhood is by measuring distances to nearby amenities. Its not exactly accurate however, since it doesn't take into consideration things like sidewalks and street widths. (Which the site fully admits.)

My neighborhood got a sad 45 out of 100, while my parents' beach house in Ocean City, MD scored only slightly higher with a 52 out of 100. Yet, I know from experience that Ocean City is much more walkable than where I live now. (Considering that Ocean City actually has things like sidewalks.)

Still, its a pretty cool little tool.

3 comments:

Deaw said...

My walk score is 45… I was rather upset with it.
And I was surprised to know that there is another
score called drive score to evaluate my house.
I found the way to calculate it online at Fizber
site (http://drivescore.fizber.com/ ).
I’ve got much better results – 51.

megan said...

deaw - Thanks for the other link - my house's drive score was 60 - but there were some things that were inaccurate.

Wish my walk score was higher than my drive score...

Whitney J. Marsden said...

Fun tool, Megan. My address in Pennsylvania is even more behind yours; it scored a 0!! True, there are no sidewalks or cute coffee shops nearby (we do have a Starbucks), but I'm not surrounded by water! Oh well, baby steps to planning a smarter town center and vicinity.