Go for a walk

Here’s a cool tool: Walk Score. Type in an address, and it uses Google Maps to look up destinations like parks and stores and theaters that are in walking distance of the place, and gives you a score out of 100 on walkability. A place like Manhattan will give you high scores; one of those desolate suburbs where you have to drive to get anywhere (like my old address in Pennsylvania) will give you lousy low scores.

Morris is middling: I get a 52.


There’s funny stuff in the Google data base, though. It places a Donnelly grocery store a few blocks from my house and says it’s 24 miles away; there are also a whole lot of appropriate businesses that simply aren’t listed.

(via Mercury Rising)


  1. #1 Cain
    July 30, 2007

    86, in the Capitol Hill neighborhood of Washington, DC.

  2. #2 Brownian
    July 30, 2007

    My neighbourhood in Redneckmonton Alberta scored 74, but that’s probably because it’s the closest thing to an artsy Bohemian quarter as you can get in this province.

    I had no idea I was within a half-mile of six different yoga studios, but I’m not surprised.

  3. #3 Darina
    December 13, 2007

    I believe that walk score is cool, but nowadays more and more people prefer to drive cars. Homes are often located in an area where some establishments are easier to get to by car than on foot. I’ve recently found a type of service on which is called Drive Score. It shows a map of what establishments are in your neighborhood and calculates a Drive Score based on the number of places within a convenient driving distance. It doesn’t mean that drive score is better than walk score – they are equal and both necessary in the modern world!

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