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Old 04-08-2009, 05:45 PM
 
Location: South Bend, IN
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It's not totally accurate, but you can find out the "Walk Score" of a neighborhood by entering an address here:

Get Your Walk Score - A Walkability Score For Any Address

It's rather interesting. But, it considers (for example) "Ameristop" a grocery store, which I don't, and sometimes counts things twice. But it might be helpful when evaluating neighborhoods, if that sort of thing is important to you.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Philaburbia
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You definitely have to take this with a grain of salt. For instance, this website says there's a gym next door to my house. The guy next door is named Jim.

It also doesn't take into account the availability of sidewalks, etc. Or whether you'd want to be caught dead walking through that block.
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:58 AM
 
Location: Cincinnati, Ohio
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Yeah, this may be interesting but i dont think it provides ANY value when deciding where to move/live. You have to go do that in person. It considers the Norwood Drive Thru as a grocery store and still has the Norwood Cinemas as being open. Among other things. Anyways, a funny little tool but practically useless for real info.

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Old 04-09-2009, 10:02 AM
 
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Agreed. It's a fun internet tool, but not an actual reflection of true walkability.

In addition to the flaws noted above, it doesn't consider whether there are hills, or if the road is too wide or busy to be comfortably crossed by pedestrians.

My old home in suburban Florida was completely UNwalkable, yet it got a high walk score because it was technically less than a mile from hundreds of stores and services. Walkscore failed to notice that there were no sidewalks and an extremely dangerous 8 lane arterial road that you shouldn't cross on foot.
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Old 04-09-2009, 10:17 AM
 
Location: South Bend, IN
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Well that's why I said it's not totally accurate. On the neighborhoods I have lived in (in California, Indiana, and here in Cincinnati, and one I am considering moving to that I know a lot about), it wasn't spot on, but it was a decent "general" indicator of what was around, and I would score the walkability around what they did for those areas.

If not just for convenience. If you couldn't walk to the hundreds of stores and services, I would still consider being a mile from those things a more convenient/less gas using place to live in than somewhere that was 10 miles from anything.
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