Richard LaymanÂ (Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space) points out a handy resource — Walk Score — which mashes up Google Maps data to give a profile of how walkable an area in the United States is.Â This can be very important since reducing or eliminating car use and meat is probably the easiest way to make a substantially good environmental impact.
Walk Score has its limitations but I think it is useful for sorting between the walkability of locales — if you haveÂ a choice — and then you can use the hybrid view within Google Maps, plus local transit sites, to pick out the most walkable neighborhoods. This might be very useful if you’re attending meetings, like General Assembly or district assemblies and don’t want to bring or rent a car. (I’ve been known to call police precincts to get the skinny on where one should or should not walk after dark.)
According to their own scale, anything over 70 is potentially walkable and anything over 90 is prime for car-free living. Where Hubby and I live is a 94 and that seems right.Â My old apartment in Georgia — where I sometimes managed without a car (but sore shanks) because it was fragile and unreliable — today rates a 66. Again, seems right.
So US-based readers, how does your address rate?
For what it’s worth, the next General Assembly venue is a 57.