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Old 08-04-2008, 11:25 PM
 
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As of 2008 a new winner has taken the belt of most walkable city in america and thats 1.San francisco CA followed by

2.New york city
3.Boston
4.chicago
5.philadelphia
6.seattle
7.washington D.C.
8.Long beach, CA
9.Los Angeles
10.portland, OR

website: [URL]http://www.walkscore.com/rankings/most-walkable-cities.php[/URL]


[URL]http://www.walkscore.com/rankings/[/URL]


[URL]http://www.walkscore.com/rankings/[/URL]
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Old 08-05-2008, 03:08 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn
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If you visit the site and click on "walkability," you see how they define the term. Then it's immediately suspicious that the three most walkable neighborhoods in New York should be located in Manhattan. By their own definition, virtually every neighborhood in all five boroughs should be exceptionally walkable.

So now let's do the math. New York is the largest city in the United States. Largest city = more neighborhoods. There's no way New York could fall to No. 2 on such a list...unless that list was rigged. I think that whoever created the website either has a pretty skewed view of cities in the United States (Portland, OR should be higher than No. 10 by these standards, for instance), or an ulterior motive.
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:31 AM
 
Location: Bay Ridge, NY
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This list is extremely suspect.. how is L.A. even in this list? It's not like they only did major cities.. Long Beach is there!
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:17 AM
 
Location: Eastchester, Bronx, NY
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This list is extremely suspect.. how is L.A. even in this list? It's not like they only did major cities.. Long Beach is there!
That's a good question. LA is pretty much a supersized suburb and almost everyone drives.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:23 AM
 
Location: Stanwood, Washington
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Los Angeles is not a walkable city, unless we're talking about hiking.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Washington, DC & New York
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I agree that the criteria by which this list was generated seems to have issues in the real world. New York is infinitely more walkable than LA and even DC, which are not as pedestrian-friendly in many places. Yes, there are neighborhoods in which one can walk in both cities, but it's not the same as New York where one can walk juist about anywhere in any of the boroughs with relative ease.

The methodology of the list has known issues to the algorithym used that includes not factoring important aspects that contribute to walkability, including public transportation, street design, crime/accidents, and climate. This is probably why the list appears skewed to many who know the cities listed, since some have a high score by this methodology, but the reality of the true picture is different than the results generated.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: The NY, NJ, CT Tri-State Region
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This list is extremely suspect.. how is L.A. even in this list? It's not like they only did major cities.. Long Beach is there!
Really I am too. How is Boston on the list, how can you walk there without being nearly hit by angry m@ssholes on every street corner?
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:10 AM
 
Location: The NY, NJ, CT Tri-State Region
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If you visit the site and click on "walkability," you see how they define the term. Then it's immediately suspicious that the three most walkable neighborhoods in New York should be located in Manhattan. By their own definition, virtually every neighborhood in all five boroughs should be exceptionally walkable.

So now let's do the math. New York is the largest city in the United States. Largest city = more neighborhoods. There's no way New York could fall to No. 2 on such a list...unless that list was rigged. I think that whoever created the website either has a pretty skewed view of cities in the United States (Portland, OR should be higher than No. 10 by these standards, for instance), or an ulterior motive.
Everything's rigged, get used to it. Everything is especially rigged in anyone but NY's favor... . People just (ignorantly) love to hate the best city in the world .
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:39 AM
 
Location: Queens
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since they used san Francisco City vs all of NYC, I'm not surprised. Let's see what kind of walkable score sf would get overall if it took over 250 mi sq of its neighboring cities.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:58 AM
 
Location: Madison, WI
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I agree with the others who have noted that the inclusion of L.A. on this list makes it pretty laughable.
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