What’s Your Walkability Score?

For tomorrow’s porch presentation, I plan to link porches to broader concepts of urban design and community character. There is a really fascinating website called Walk Score, which rates the “walkability” of your neighborhood, based on ease of transit without a car and proximity to amenities like food, shopping, etc. You can type in your own address to see your walk score, or you can compare different cities across the U.S. to see how yours measures up against the others.

In the below image of New York City, green areas are very walkable, whereas red areas are not very pedestrian friendly.

The top ten most walkable cities in the U.S., according to this website:

1. San Francisco
2. New York
3. Boston
4. Chicago
5. Philadelphia
6. Seattle
7. Washington, D.C.
8. Long Beach, Calif.
9. Los Angeles
10. Portland

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