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90-100 Walker's Paradise 9 12.86%
70-89 Very Walkable 13 18.57%
50-69 Somewhat Walkable 18 25.71%
25-49 Car Dependent 10 14.29%
0-24 (Hopelessly) Car Dependent 20 28.57%
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:27 PM   #41
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See my post re: downtown above. The restaurant choice, while astounding, is mostly higher end "fancy" restaurants or bars. These type places generally have a few things in common: high prices, poor service, mediocre food. There are exceptions, but downtown makes me miss my dining options a few miles outside downtown (price, quality, variety, casualness).

At least as regards price. Not too sure about the others.
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Old 06-08-2012, 01:35 PM   #42
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I'd say, "0." We live on a 10 acre parcel surrounded by ranches & farms. I love it. There is nothing that can replace the bird songs on a summer morning.
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Scored 66 but it should be much higher. Other than a movie theatre or major mall we are within walking distance of every convenience that we need. I can walk to the bank, drug store, supermarket & 2 liquor stores. What else does one need?
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Scored 66 but it should be much higher. Other than a movie theatre or major mall we are within walking distance of every convenience that we need. I can walk to the bank, drug store, supermarket & 2 liquor stores. What else does one need?
Adding a movie theatre or major mall won't do it, either, according to some very convenient addresses here that I looked up. I think the idea of a walkscore is a terrific idea, and I appreciate the site and the link to it, but I think perhaps there just hasn't been the time and resources available yet for them to finetune their methods.

They counted a Shell station as a grocery store at one location, for example. To me, living a block from the biggest supermarket in town would be a whole lot better than living a block from a Shell station where I could get oreos and Twinkies but nothing nutritionally sound enough to sustain life. Maybe in a year or two they will work through some of these issues, or maybe these are differences in personal preference that are too tough to resolve.
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Other than a movie theatre or major mall we are within walking distance of (...) 2 liquor stores. What else does one need?
Nothing?

Ha ha! Just kidding, but being in walking distance of a good liquor store is definitely a plus! Nevermind two!
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another 0 for me.
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What happens if you have a 100 but don't like the shops and services that are walking distance? Proximity does not imply compatibility.
Yeah, I wonder if anyone would actually use this tool to pick their next neighborhood.
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Yeah, I wonder if anyone would actually use this tool to pick their next neighborhood.
It seems like a good place to start IMO, as long as the user then explores the details, it's very accurate in some cases and a coarse screener in others. YMMV
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When we left Hoboken, NJ (walk score 95) two years ago for our RV trip, I thought we'd find all kinds of places throughout the U.S. where we might consider settling down again some day. We're now on stop number 130 in our U.S. travels, and we've only found one or two places that might qualify.

I'm stunned at how pedestrian unfriendly must of the country is. I expected that in rural areas, but most cities aren't much better. Most are basically downtown office centers where people commute to work from the suburbs and leave immediately afterwards. That's not for us. We want to be able to walk everywhere and the country just isn't built that way.
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85 for me, although I usually ride my bike to the store, theater etc. Also having public transportation is great; I can go to a bar, drink and never worry about how I'm going to get home.
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18, but I don't get it. I am one mile from a large Mall, with a few strip malls along the way as well as a major supermarket and 4 banks, etc. 18 did scare me as I don't drive, but DSO/GF thankfully does.
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My childhood home comes in at 17 -- it would be 0, but a housing development went in that is within walking distance if you are willing to cross some no tresspassing fences, and there are some businesses there.

Our old neighborhood in NYC comes in at 97, and I agree with that assessment. It was incredibly walkable. I still kind of miss it.

Our current neighborhood in Beijing is 43, though there is a note that the scores may not be accurate. That seems about right, though -- our area is not terribly pedestrian friendly (though getting better with the opening of a major shopping center about 10-15 minutes walk away).

The neighborhood around my office is a bit better, at 68.
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I got a 93% and I will be selling my car when I retire permanently as I have a new set of wheels ..an "ebike"
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89 for us. Two blocks to shops, restaurants/bars, essential services. Don't drive a whole lot these days!
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I got a 93% and I will be selling my car when I retire permanently as I have a new set of wheels ..an "ebike"
Those mirrors would look cute dressed up as bunny ears.
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18 for us, we're in a very suburban golfcourse neighborhood. Interestingly, the small shopping center ~.5 miles away used to have a grocery store many moons ago. But all of the chains have gone to fewer supersized stores rather than more options in the neighborhoods. So the former grocery is now a medical clinic.
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which makes sense as I am in the middle of the woods. But for the things "I" enjoy it is very walkable. I walk all over here with my dog, etc. I enjoy the rural life.

Now for things I don't enjoy, like grocery shopping, getting gas, etc--yes I do have to drive, but that just means the stuff I don't like is far away, which is the way I like it! If I make a trip into town, it counts and I get tons done. I don't make a lot of random trips though.
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