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Old 08-05-2008, 02:50 PM
 
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I saw this on the main TN forum and thought it was interesting, since we often talk about Memphis and the great variety of housing and neighborhoods here.

You type in your address and based on nearby businesses and things to do, it gives you a score of how "walkable" your neighborhood is. The higher the score means your neighborhood is more walkable to things.

I live in midtown, and mine is a 75 What's your score??

Get Your Walk Score - A Walkability Score For Any Address

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Old 08-05-2008, 07:59 PM
bjh
 
Location: Memphis - home of the king
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Can I wait to answer this when we can't fry eggs on the sidewalk?

Thanks for the link. I'll check out my neighborhood.
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Old 08-05-2008, 08:19 PM
 
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My area is an 85 out of 100 to most of the desired locations and the area seems still to be relative safe, but it is still California. I am so ready for a change of the overall vibe of the neighborhood, which I'm afraid will never change (and only worsen) from the "How much of my property can I cement in and remove any green and open space as possible?". Can't wait until I'm able to escape. Don't mean to bore you, but thanks for letting me vent....
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:45 PM
 
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I scored a 3! I live in Lakeland, though. I walk 5 times a week (early am) and love the neighborhood, the woods, fields and quiet.

I personally rate the walkability at 90-95.
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Old 08-05-2008, 09:59 PM
 
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Mine is 0.

If you want to walk here you better really like walking because you will be walking a long way.
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Old 08-05-2008, 10:51 PM
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Blimey, I thought mine was bad at 29! Clearly this rating is stacked to show how "green" your neighborhood is based on how far apart things are. But it is really unrealistic to say we should all live crowded together in cities.
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Old 08-06-2008, 03:57 AM
 
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This was funny, Pearlbob... I'm in Eads and my rating was a whopping 15.

I like how it lists the closest restaurants, businesses, etc. on your results page. The irony here is that the closest business is Casey's Fitness Studio- so I can easily walk there to get on a treadmill and..... walk.
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Old 08-06-2008, 06:02 AM
 
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i live downtown and my score is a 77- "very walkable." not surprising. we walk everywhere! this website is a neat idea but, like a lot of people have said, seems to only consider "walkable" places as those with lots of businesses/restaurants nearby. not the best judge if you ask me.
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Old 08-06-2008, 03:55 PM
 
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It seems to be measuring the possibility of living without a car.

Like walking to get somewhere, not just walking for fun or exercise.

And I agree that much needs to be done to make our neighborhoods pedestrian friendly and to find a way to put businesses that provide needed services closer to where people actually live.

It would improve my quality of life to spend less time in a car.
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Old 08-06-2008, 04:27 PM
 
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I got a 29 (in Cordova). Being real close to Fresh Slices probably helps, but under "groceries" they list a little convenience type store that appears to be in existence only to sell lottery tickets (and I think it's closed now anyway). If that was ruled out, the distance to a grocery store would go from .3 to about 1.25 - and that would almost certainly change the score.

Funny..under "bars" it lists Mid South Golf Club, which is located in a residential area. I'm guessing the person living there runs some sort of golf list...but I'm pretty sure his bar isn't open to the public!

The book store listed is "Yellow Book USA"
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